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Pipe bombing accused refused High Court bail

An engineer accused of a loyalist pipe bomb attack seven years ago has been ordered to remain in custody.

Raymond Burns (32) was denied High Court bail after a judge ruled there was a risk of witness interference.

Burns, of Ballyvesey Court, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, faces charges linked to an alleged attempt to stop a doorman from testifying about being assaulted.

He is accused of membership of the UVF at the time, conspiracy to intimidate Trevor Gowdy, possessing explosives and causing an explosion.

The case against him relates to a pipe bombing in September 2003 at the home of Mr Gowdy's ex-girlfriend in Larne, Co Antrim.

It was carried out as the bouncer was due to testify about being attacked outside a Newtownabbey social club the previous year.

Former senior loyalist and alleged police agent Mark Haddock was later sentenced to 10 years in prison for the assault.

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Four men have so far been charged in connection with the pipe bombing.

The prosecution renewed their opposition to bail when Burns lodged his application.

Mr Justice Hart ruled that he should be kept in custody.

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