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Fury as mortar maker David Rockett sentenced


An MP has expressed his disgust at the sentence handed down to a man found guilty of making mortar launcher tubes to be used in attacks in Northern Ireland.

David Rockett was sentenced to five years' imprisonment by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin – but the sentence's final three and a half years were suspended.

Gardai believed Rockett manufactured mortar tubes for a faction of the Real IRA. Officers arrested the 31-year-old after an investigation into the activities of the 'engineering' section of the renegade terror group.

Rockett, of Grawn Lower, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of three mortar launch tubes in 2011.

The charges included possession of two tubes at his home and one at Military Road, Killadangan, Co Waterford.

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said the leniency of the sentence "will do little to inspire confidence throughout the UK that the judiciary in the Republic of Ireland take seriously their obligations to punish those who engage in terrorism".

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