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Suspected dissidents face terror charges

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Two suspected dissident republicans have appeared in court charged with terrorism offences.

Kevin Heaney (41), from Mourne View Park in Newry, Co Down, was charged with receiving instruction and training in the making or use of improvised explosive devices in September this year.

Co-accused Terence Marks (54), from Parkhead Crescent, also in Newry, waved and smiled to a group of women in the public gallery as he was formally charged with conspiring to cause an explosion.

Both men, who appeared before a sitting of Newry Magistrates Court, are also accused of being members of a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA.

They spoke only once to confirm their names, dates of birth and that they understood the charges against them.

PSNI detective sergeant Sarah O'Neill told the court she believed she could connect both suspects to the alleged offences. Lawyers for both men said they would be applying for bail at a later date, but had no questions at this stage.

District Judge Paul Copeland remanded the suspects in custody and the case was adjourned until January 7

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