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On the run bomb accused is rearrested

A Newry man who went on the run 18 months ago while facing a retrial for offences linked to a botched mortar bombing at a border police station in 1998 is back behind bars.

Gary Jones was remanded into custody by Belfast Crown Court yesterday after being arrested at his Castlekeele home in the border town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was caught hiding in a downstairs toilet during a planned police search of his house on foot of an arrest warrant issued after he had gone on the run during his no-jury retrial in June 2008.

The 42-year-old Newry man, who tried to make a run for it when originially jailed for 14 years in October 2006 for the failed mortar bomb attack on the Corry Square Police Station on July 21 1998, was granted a retrial in June 2007.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Jones should face a retrial on charges of possessing an explosive device and doing an act with intent to cause an explosion. It was during that retrial before Mr Justice Stephens, who was about to deliver a ruling for a direction on behalf of the defence, that Jones, who was on bail, failed to appear.

Yesterday Mr Justice Hart said Jones' case will be mentioned at a later date either before him or Mr Justice Stephens who issued the arrest warrant.

Belfast Telegraph