Belfast Telegraph

Judge denies accused bail for his child's communion

By Alan Erwin

A man in custody accused of planting a bomb under a police officer's car cannot attend his daughter's First Communion, a High Court judge has ruled.

Sean McVeigh (36) was seeking compassionate bail to go to the ceremony and a party that would have involved overnight release. But Madam Justice McBride refused his application due to the risk of him fleeing.

McVeigh, of Victoria Street in Lurgan, Co Armagh, faces charges of attempted murder and possessing explosives with intent to endanger life. The alleged offences relate to the discovery of a bomb underneath a policeman's car in Eglinton, Co Londonderry, on June 18, 2015.

Denying the application, Madam Justice McBride drew a distinction between the ceremony and requests by prisoners to visit a dying relative. She ruled: "The risk of flight outweighs the application for compassionate temporary release."

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