Belfast Telegraph

Harbinson is to face trial over firearm and silencer

By Paul Higgins

Loyalist and convicted sex offender Mark Harbinson has been ordered to stand trial accused of having a firearm.

As well as referring the case against the 48-year-old to the Crown Court, District Judge Mark Hamill refused to release Harbinson on bail, the fifth time he has unsuccessfully asked to be freed from jail.

Remanding Harbinson back into custody and ordering him to be produced before Craigavon Crown Court on December 8 for arraignment, Judge Hamill said there had been absolutely no change in his circumstances that would merit the granting of bail.

Harbinson, from Sheepwalk Road in Stoneyford, Lisburn, is accused of having a Makarov 9mm semi-automatic pistol, 28 rounds of ammunition and a silencer with intent to endanger life and having the gun, bullets and silencer under suspicious circumstances on December 21, 2015.

He is further accused of having the gun and ammunition without a certificate on the same date.

At Lisburn Magistrates Court yesterday, a prosecuting lawyer submitted there was a prima facie case against Harbinson, a submission which defence barrister Craig Patton took no issue with.

Harbinson was told that although not obliged to, he had the right to comment on the charges, give evidence to the preliminary enquiry himself or call evidence on his behalf, but he opted to remain silent.

Returning the case to the Crown Court, Judge Hamill granted legal aid.

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