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Verdict next week over pipe bomb accused

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 28/08/2015

A man will find out next week whether or not a Crown Court judge has deemed him guilty of possessing a pipe bomb
A man will find out next week whether or not a Crown Court judge has deemed him guilty of possessing a pipe bomb

A man will find out next week whether or not a Crown Court judge has deemed him guilty of possessing a pipe bomb.

Following a short non-jury trial held at Belfast Crown Court, 27-year-old Dunmurry man Sean Megaw faced a single charge of possessing the pipe bomb and various components with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.

Judgment on the case was yesterday reserved by Judge Gordon Kerr QC.

After hearing submissions from both the Crown and defence, Judge Kerr said he would give his ruling next Thursday.

Two men were initially due to stand trial on the explosives charge following the discovery of a pipe bomb after police stopped the pair in the Lagmore area of Belfast last January.

Megaw, from Mount Eagles Square, and co-accused Sean Gerald Ruddy (40), from Burren Meadow in Newcastle, Co Down, each faced a single count of possessing the pipe bomb device and various components on January 31, 2014.

Prior to the trial starting yesterday, Ruddy asked to be re-arraigned and admitted the charge on the grounds he was enabling others to use the device.

Megaw maintained his innocence and his case proceeded.

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