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Woman to be sentenced after explosive items found in her car

By Ashleigh McDonald

A woman caught with explosive substances in the boot of her car has been told she will be sentenced for the terrorist offence next month.

In a judgment reached by Crown Court Judge Gordon Kerr QC, Nuala Gormley was acquitted of two terrorist-related charges, but found guilty of a third. She will be sentenced on December 22 for the offence of possessing articles for use in terrorism.

Gormley (38), from Morgan Park in Dromore, Co Tyrone, stood trial at Belfast Crown Court earlier this year on three charges arising from the search of her vehicle at a filling station near Cookstown on August 6 last year.

Explosive substances comprising of electronic items including remote signalling equipment were located hidden in an oil container wrapped up in netting.

She was subsequently charged with three offences, namely possession of explosives with intent to endanger life or cause damage to property or enabling some other person to do so; possession of explosives in suspicious circumstances and possession of articles for use in terrorism.

During the trial, her defence team made the case that she was someone who could have been taken advantage of by others.

Gormley's sister revealed her sister was frequently drunk.

Her brother-in-law spoke of an occasion he called at her house and discovered someone sleeping in her car. Pre-sentence reports were ordered and Gormley was told she will be sentenced on December 22. She was remanded back in to custody.

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