Belfast Telegraph

Woman on trial over bomb components found in car boot

By Michael Donnelly

A woman has gone on trial accused of having the components to build a remote control bomb after police searched the boot of her car.

Nuala Gormley, from Morgan Park in Dromore, denies two charges of possessing explosive substances – comprising electronic items – with intent and under suspicious circumstances.

The 38-year-old Tyrone woman also denies a charge of having them for use in terrorism.

A prosecution lawyer told Belfast Crown Court that the items included two improvised remote control switching units, two aerials and an 'Erone' transmitter key, which were intended for use as part of an improvised explosive device.

They were uncovered by police, concealed in an oil container restrained by netting, in the boot of Gormley's Nissan Almera car, as it was parked at the Kildress service station on the Drum Road near Cookstown on August 6 last year.

The court heard it was the prosecution case that when Gormley parked her vehicle after getting fuel, she was "knowingly in possession of the items hidden in an oil container".

However, the court heard that the Crown case is that she was being used to pass the articles to someone else.

The court was told the electronics, when combined with explosives, would allow terrorists to "plant a bomb and detonate it remotely when a target" came near. This would "create a deadly hazard to the target, but provide complete protection for a perpetrator".

"The strong inference is that the intended use of the items was to kill or seriously injure," prosecutors argued.

At the time Gormley claimed she had gone to her sister's. When she discovered she wasn't in, Gormley decided to scoot about the backroads and went to the service station before deciding to go to Cookstown to eat.

However, the court was told it was the Crown case that Gormerly had failed to give a "credible explanation" for parking at the station, and there was "the strong inference that she was waiting for someone, probably to transfer the items to that person".

At hearing.

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