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Dublin man appears in court charged with attempting to murder PSNI officer in Eglinton

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The 33-year-old attended the hearing at Belfast Crown Court via a video link Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The 33-year-old attended the hearing at Belfast Crown Court via a video link Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The 33-year-old attended the hearing at Belfast Crown Court via a video link Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A Dublin man appeared in court on Tuesday charged with attempting to murder a police officer in Eglinton in June 2015.

Ciaran Maguire attended the hearing at Belfast Crown Court via a video link with Maghaberry, where he is currently on remand.

From Kippure Park in the Finglas area of Dublin, 33-year-old Maguire nodded to confirm his identify, and was then charged with two offences linked to an incident in the Co (London)Derry village six years ago.

The accused was charged with attempting to murder a member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on June 18, 2015.

When the offence was put to Maguire, he replied 'not guilty'. He also denied a second charge of possessing an under-vehicle improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life on the same date.

Both charges arise from an early-morning incident in Eglinton, when the wife of a serving police officer disturbed an attempt to place a bomb under her husband's car.

A second man has already been charged with offences linked to the botched bid.

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Sean Paul Farrell (36), from Stannaway Road in Dublin, denied attempting to murder a police officer and possessing an under-vehicle IED on June 18, 2015.

He is due to stand trial in a non-jury hearing which is scheduled to commence on January 17, 2022 and which is expected to last up to four weeks.

Judge Stephen Fowler QC was informed by a Crown barrister that a decision whether or not to join the two cases together and trial both men at the same time has not yet been reached.

In light of this, the Belfast Recorder said he would review Maguire's position in a fortnight, when the cases of both men facing the same charges can be "mentioned together”.


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