Bomb accused appear in court

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Three men have appeared in court charged with possessing a “viable device” on the Buncrana Road earlier this week.

Eugene Martin McLoone (540, of 8 Abercorn Road, Daniel Martin Joseph Doyle (46) of 16 Quarry Street and Eamon Terence Cassidy (49) of 28 Glenfada Park, are charged with possession of an improvised explosive device with the intent to endanger life on September 26.

An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court that she beleived she could connect all three men to the charges.

She told the court that the defendants were taken to Antrim for police interviews during which McLoone and Doyle denied all knowledge of the device.

It was revealed that Cassidy claimed he had found a suspicious object while he was walking on the Aileach Road and said he was taking it to a priest because he did not want children playing with it or getting hurt.

The court heard that on September 26 at around 3:15pm, McLoone and Doyle offered Cassidy a lift.

The car in which the device was found was driven by and registered to McLoone.

Only two defendants - McLoone and Doyle - made bail applications to the court.

Cassidy did not make an application at this stage.

Refusing bail, District judge barney McElholm said he beleived the defendants story “lacked credibility” and said there was a clear risk of interference with witnesses and of the men absconding.

All three were remanded in custody and will appear again via video link on October 27.

As the defendants were taken from the dock, supporters in the public gallery stood and clapped.