Belfast Telegraph

Bail for man accused of being at 'Real IRA training camp' in Co Tyrone

A man charged with attending what is believed to be a Real IRA training camp which had been under security force surveillance has been granted bail.

Gavin Joseph Coney (36) was freed from prison custody after his wife's parents put up the deeds to their home as a surety to help secure his release.

The defendant was one of four people charged by detectives over the discovery of a firing range at Formil Wood in Co Tyrone in March 2012.

Prosecutors claim the camp was in the advanced stage of preparations for a terrorist attack.

Coney, of Gorticashel Road, Greencastle, Co Tyrone, faces charged linked to his legally held .22 Walther rifle.

It is alleged the weapon was used to shoot balloons on the makeshift firing range on the Gorticashel Road.

He is accused of possessing the rifle and a quantity of ammunition with intent to endanger life and having them in suspicious circumstances.

The suspect has also been charged with having a sound moderator or silencer for the weapon, possessing four balaclavas, four waterproof jackets, four pairs of waterproof trousers, four pairs of training shoes and two pairs of gloves for use in acts of terrorism.

Judge McFarland agreed to release Coney on bail subject to strict conditions.

He must reside at Gorticashel Road, surrender his passport and sign bail with police three times a week. He has been ordered to abide by a 10pm to 6am curfew and will be electronically tagged. He was also banned from handling firearms and ammunition.

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