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Bail denied to Iraq-style IED accused

An improvised explosive device discovered for the first time in Northern Ireland was ready for use, the High Court has heard.

The explosively-formed projectile located in a Co Tyrone hedgerow was of the type used in Iraq and Afghanistan, prosecutors said.

A judge was told the device, packed with Semtex, could have caused serious damage to armoured vehicles and endangered life.

Dungannon man Patrick Carty is allegedly linked to the projectile by fingerprints found on a black plastic bin liner it was wrapped in.

The 32-year-old, of Springdale in the town, denies a charge of possession of explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.

He was refused bail due to risks of either reoffending or fleeing.

Police recovered the device in searches in Dungannon in April last year.

Belfast Telegraph