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Antrim man who kept haul of dissident guns in shed jailed for nine months

By Ashleigh McDonald

A father-of-three who was caught with guns and ammunition belonging to dissident republican group Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) was sent to prison for nine months yesterday.

Edward Francis Corr (39) was arrested after police searched a shed at his Foxes Glen home in Dunmurry, Co Antrim in October 2016.

Corr - who claimed he was threatened at gunpoint to store a bag containing the weapons - was handed an 18-month sentence at Belfast Crown Court yesterday.

He was informed by Judge Paul Ramsey that he will serve half the sentence in prison, followed by nine months on licence when he is released.

Corr admitted a charge of possessing firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life and possession of a modified firearm.

The court heard the charges related to the discovery of two semi-automatic pistols, two magazines and a quantity of ammunition as well as a Skorpion M48 submachine gun.

The PSNI had linked the guns to dissident republican group ONH.

At a previous hearing, prosecution counsel Liam McCollum QC said Corr told detectives that he was ordered to keep a bag by a man from a paramilitary organisation who threatened him with a gun.

Corr claimed the man told him he "would be shot" if he didn't keep the bag and that it would be collected in five or six weeks.

He also said he feared the consequences for his wife and three children if he didn't keep the bag and if he didn't comply violence would be used against him.

The court was told Corr's fingerprint was found on one of the guns inside the bag after it underwent a forensic examination.

Gavan Duffy QC, representing Corr, said his client was a joiner by trade who had a mental health history brought on by the loss of his three year-old brother in "traumatic circumstances" when they were both children.

He said that Corr had "kept himself to himself" on remand and did not associate with paramilitary inmates.

Following the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Griffin said the weapons "were clearly intended for use in terrorism and acts of violence and they would undoubtedly have been used to kill or injure police officers or members of the public".

"We should all be thankful that those in possession of these items were prevented from using them and the actions of police undoubtedly saved lives," the detective added.

"The PSNI will continue to combat the threat posed by dissident individuals and groups who plan to use violence in order to further their agendas."

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