Bail for 52 year-old accused of collecting information likely to be useful to terrorists

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A 52 year old man has appeared in court accused of collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to terrorists.

Gerard Francis O’Donnell of 7 Strangford Park faces one charge in connection to a search of his home on June 20, 2011.

A prosecuting barrister told Derry Magistrate’s Court that during the search a number of computers, digital cameras and electrical storage devices were seized.

She claimed a substantial number of photos and small number of videos were found of police.

During interview the 52 year old told officers he had taken photos and passed them onto the 32CSM website in the past.

The prosecuting barrister also stated that during an interview with Gardai, O’Donnell stated he knew the 32CSM were the Real IRA’s political wing.

She told the court police were not opposing bail.

He was released on his own bail of £1000 and banned from having a camera or any device capable of recording still or moving images apart from at recognised sporting events.

He was also banned form attending illegal public demonstrations.

O’Donnell will appear again on February 23.