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Accused denied bail over gun and ammo charge

The court heard that the defendant changed his attitude during three police interviews (stock photo)
The court heard that the defendant changed his attitude during three police interviews (stock photo)

By Donal McMahon

A south Armagh man has been refused bail at Newry Magistrates Court on charges of possession of a handgun and 9mm rounds.

Michael Drummond (33) of Orior Park, Bessbrook is charged with three counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition as well as possession of class B drugs on March 3.

A PSNI detective constable objected to the bail application yesterday, identifying the accused as a risk of re-offending and a fear of interfering with witnesses obstructing the course of justice.

The court heard that the defendant changed his attitude during three police interviews.

"In the first he gave no comment, in the second he produced a prepared statement suggesting other suspects and in the third he claimed to have been in Drogheda from 1.30pm on the day in question to 2.30-2.45pm," the detective said.

The court was told that the defendant's partner has a business in the Co Louth town.

The officer added that further suspects were due to be spoken to with "information not able to be disclosed at this time".

Defence alluded to a co-suspect named in court who had been released by the PSNI without charge despite being arrested "alongside the defendant".

District judge Stephen Keown refused bail, citing "serious concerns of reoffending".

"This case is at an early stage and there is likely to be an ongoing investigation," said Mr Keown.

The case was adjourned to May 15 for an update on a full file.

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