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Two accused of trying to bomb hotel on PSNI day

By George Jackson

Published 07/10/2016

Two Irishmen have appeared in court on charges of trying to bomb a hotel where a PSNI recruitment drive was to be held
Two Irishmen have appeared in court on charges of trying to bomb a hotel where a PSNI recruitment drive was to be held

Two Irishmen have appeared in court on charges of trying to bomb a hotel where a PSNI recruitment drive was to be held.

The defendants, both of them from Co Meath, are Darren Poleon (42) from Drumbaragh in Kells and Brian Walsh (34) from Drumree in Dunslaughlin.

They appeared at a preliminary enquiry at the Magistrate's Court in Derry yesterday, charged with committing terrorist offences linked to the foiled bomb attack on the Waterfoot Hotel in the city's Waterside on October 6, 2015.

The hotel was to have been the venue for a PSNI recruitment day, which was cancelled.

They are charged with possessing an explosive device and explosives with intent and conspiring to cause an explosion. They are also charged with possessing items for use in an act of terrorism.

Both defendants replied "not at this stage" when asked if they had anything to say in answer to the charges.

They were remanded in continuing custody until they are arraigned on a date to be fixed.

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