Belfast Telegraph

Man linked to bomb by fingerprints, court told

By Alan Erwin

Police revealed that the large device and equipment was found wrapped in bin liners during searches in the north of the city.

Brendan Joseph Campbell is charged with preparation of a terrorist act and possession of improvised explosives with intent to endanger life.

The 21-year-old, of Flax Street, Belfast, was detained after the device was discovered in Jamaica Street, in the Ardoyne area, last Thursday.

More than 30 homes were evacuated at the time while Army experts made the missile safe.

Appearing in the dock at Belfast Magistrates Court, Campbell refused to stand up as the charges against him were read out.

A detective constable said he could connect him to the alleged offences. He disclosed that police found the horizontal-type mortar bomb, a battery pack and 20 metres of command wire inside bin liners at the rear of Campbell's grandmother's home.

Defence lawyer Michael Crawford confirmed his client was not yet seeking bail and sought a short adjournment because of being told DNA results would be available later this week.

District Judge Mervyn Bates agreed to remand Campbell in custody until Friday when the accused will appear again before the court by video-link.

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