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A west Belfast man is set to contest a charge of belonging to the Continuity IRA, Belfast Magistates Court heard yesterday

A west Belfast man is set to contest a charge of belonging to the Continuity IRA, Belfast Magistates Court heard yesterday

A west Belfast man is set to contest a charge of belonging to the Continuity IRA, Belfast Magistates Court heard yesterday

A west Belfast man is set to contest a charge of belonging to the Continuity IRA, Belfast Magistates Court heard yesterday.

It's alleged that Niall Sands (32) declared himself a member of the outlawed grouping in a confrontation with a neighbour. He is also accused of smashing a window and door, and attacking the other man last September 19.

Sands, of Navan Green, denies belonging to the banned group, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall adjourned proceedings for two weeks.

A previous court heard the alleged confrontation occurred in Andersonstown. The injured party claimed Sands squared up to him and said he was a member of the Continuity IRA.

But defence lawyers argued that the membership charge was based only on the complainant's account, describing it as an alleged declaration with no substance. Sands was released on continuing bail.

Belfast Telegraph