Belfast Telegraph

Accused denies ditching pipe-bomb in garden

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man accused of transporting a pipe-bomb found in the Lagmore area of west Belfast denied having anything to do with the device, a court heard yesterday.

Sean Megaw (27) is standing trial at Belfast Crown Court on a charge of possessing the pipe-bomb and various components with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property. The accused, from Mount Eagles Square in Dunmurry, was one of two men arrested and charged following the discovery of the explosive device on January 31, 2014.

The pipe-bomb and components were found in a garden after the pair were stopped by police.

Both Megaw and co-accused, 40-year-old Sean Gerald Ruddy, from Burren Meadow in Newcastle, were due to be tried together in a Diplock, non-jury hearing.

However, prior to the Crown commencing its case against the pair, Ruddy asked to be rearraigned and admitted possessing the device and components with intent.

He was granted bail and was informed the case will be listed again next month.

After several Crown witnesses were called to give evidence in Megaw's trial, his barrister Greg Berry said it was his belief that there was no case for his client to answer. Megaw refused to give evidence on his own behalf and the trial is continuing.

He was granted continuing bail by Judge Kerr.

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