Victoria Square bomb blast charges dropped
Charges against a man accused of causing an explosion outside a Belfast city centre shopping complex are to be withdrawn.
Malcolm Stevenson had faced charges of criminal damage endangering life and resisting police for allegedly igniting an aerosol can inside a rucksack at Victoria Square last summer.
Stevenson (47), from Templemore Street in the city, had denied involvement.
A previous court was told he claimed to have been at his tent in north Belfast at the time of the small blast.
The bag containing two aerosols was said to have been placed against the doors of House of Fraser on the junction of Chichester Street and Victoria Street just after midnight on August 5.
After it was set alight one of the canisters exploded, sending fire and shrapnel shooting towards the road, but causing no damage or injuries.
Two police officers were said to have identified Stevenson as being the suspect.
But yesterday at Belfast Magistrates Court the charges were dropped.