A suspected active member of the New IRA accused of trying to murder an off-duty PSNI officer with an under-car bomb is to remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled today.
Kieran Maguire, 33, was refused bail on charges connected to the foiled attack at the policeman's home in Eglinton, Co Derry six years ago.
Prosecutors said the intended target's wife - also a serving officer - woke in the early hours of June 18, 2015 to discover someone crouched down at her husband's vehicle.
When she hammered the bedroom window, the man fled from the property, the court heard.
An improvised device was then located under the officer's car.
Maguire, of Kippure Park in Dublin, was arrested with two other men later that morning when gardai stopped a Volkswagen Passat in KIllygordon, Co Donegal.
Earlier this year, he was extradited from the Republic of Ireland to face prosecution over his alleged involvement.
He is charged with attempted murder and possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.
Counsel for the prosecution said forensic examinations carried out on Maguire's clothing detected low amounts of bomb compound RDX.
Opposing bail, the barrister claimed Maguire could use a dissident republican terrorist network of contacts to flee.
"Information from authorities in this jurisdiction would suggest he is still an active member of the New IRA and interacts with other members of the organisation in the south," he submitted.
"With the current threat assessment in this jurisdiction remaining severe, and the device allegedly used in this matter being somewhat sophisticated, the Crown submit Mr Maguire is someone intent on pursuing a terrorist campaign with total disregard for the safety of the public."
Seamus McIlroy, defending, stressed his client strenuously denies the charges said to be based on circumstantial evidence.
He also argued there were a series of failings in how gardai dealt with forensics in the case.
"Cars seized were placed in a dusty shed before they were even forensically examined," Mr McIlroy alleged.
Denying bail, however, Mrs Justice Keegan highlighted the seriousness of the charges.
She confirmed: "The objections are made out on two bases: risk of flight and risk of re-offending."