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Man denies possession of explosive substance in west Belfast

By Ashleigh McDonald

A 22-year-old man has been remanded back into custody after appearing in court in connection with the seizure of a blast-bomb-type device in west Belfast.

Connor Hughes, from Altan Close in Dunmurry, appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on two charges linked to the seizure last March.

Hughes was charged with possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause injury to property, on March 27, 2013.

He was also charged with possessing the explosives in suspicious circumstances on the same date. Hughes replied 'not guilty' to each charge. Although no details emerged during yesterday's brief hearing, it is understood the charges relate to the seizure of an improvised blast bomb and command wire.

The items were located in a holdall in the Shaw's Road area of Belfast and which were made safe by bomb disposal officers.

A defence solicitor asked Judge Gordon Kerr QC if the matter could be listed again later this month.

Judge Kerr listed the case for mention at the same court on January 28.

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