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Man accused of firearm offences refused bail

A man accused of having a gun used in a dissident republican 'punishment' shooting must stay in custody, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Weatherup refused bail to Sean Megaw after being told he is to face a more serious charge.

The 23-year-old, of Glasvey Drive in Dunmurry, is now accused of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life. The allegations are connected to a legally held semi-automatic pistol stolen from a home in the west of the city.

It was later discovered at another house, with Megaw allegedly linked to it through a DNA match.

At an earlier court hearing prosecutors said ballistic examinations have confirmed the pistol was used in a shooting incident in the Twinbrook area last May.

A man found bleeding from his thigh and ankle had been shot at point-blank range. Police believe the Continuity IRA was responsible.

Searches of Megaw's home in February led to the seizure of two rounds of ammunition, three balaclavas and a radio jamming device, the court heard.

Defence lawyers argued that he had a clear record and no connections to paramilitaries.

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