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A son of murder victim Kevin McGuigan has been remanded back into custody after he admitted possessing a gun, ammunition and drugs

A son of murder victim Kevin McGuigan has been remanded back into custody after he admitted possessing a gun, ammunition and drugs

A son of murder victim Kevin McGuigan has been remanded back into custody after he admitted possessing a gun, ammunition and drugs

A son of murder victim Kevin McGuigan has been remanded back into custody after he admitted possessing a gun, ammunition and drugs.

Kevin McGuigan junior appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, where he was charged with seven offences.

McGuigan, of Botanic Avenue in the south of the city, pleaded guilty to four of the charges and denied a further three.

McGuigan admitted possession a firearm - a selective/automatic pistol - with intent to cause fear of violence on June 16, 2019. He also admitted possessing ammunition on the same date, namely 9mm calibre cartridges with FMJ round-nose bullets, without holding a Firearms Certificate.

In addition, McGuigan admitted possessing Class A drug cocaine and Class C drug Temazepam on June 16, 2019.

He entered 'not guilty' pleas to possessing the same weapon together with ammunition in a public place, and also possessing a handgun without holding a firearms certificate.

A 'not guilty' plea was also entered to the charge of 'being a person sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three months or more but less than three years, ... had in your possession a firearm before the expiration of the period of eight years from the date of your conviction.'

McGuigan was told the Crown had 24 hours to decide whether he will be put to trial for the charges he denied.

McGuigan's father Kevin (53) was shot dead at his home in the Short Strand area of east Belfast in August 2015.

Belfast Telegraph