Bomb accused released into police custody

A 49-year-old man accused of possessing explosives has been released into police custody for questioning about “terrorist activity in the Derry area.”

Eamon Terence Cassidy, of 28 Glenfada Park, is currently on remand accused of possessing what was described as a “viable device” on the Buncrana Road last September.

At Derry Magistrates Court yesterday, police made an application for the 49-year-old to be released into their custody for 48 hours. It is the second time in a number of weeks police have made the request.

A Detective Sergeant said “new evidence has come to light” about an incident in March 2011, which needs to be put to Cassidy.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey raised concerns that if the evidence had already been put to his client, the arrest and detention was “potentially unlawful.”

District Judge Barney McElholm heard further submissions in chambers, after the Detective Sergeant said she would not be happy revealing details about the new evidence in open court.

The application was granted a short time later and Cassidy was released into police custody for 48 hours.