Derry man (20) in court on firearms and ammo charges

Nathan Hastings who appeared at Derry Magistrates Court this morning.
Nathan Hastings who appeared at Derry Magistrates Court this morning.
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A 20-year-old Derry man accused of possessing firearms, ammunition and an explosive device has refused to recognise the court.

Nathan Hastings, of Stradowen Drive, Strathfoyle, was arrested after a red Citroen car he was driving was stopped and searched by police on the Northland Road shortly after 8pm on Friday.

He appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court this morning charged with possession of articles for use in terrorism and possession of an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life on April 12.

The 20-year-old is further charged with possession of firearms and ammunition.

Hastings refused to acknowledge the court or to confirm that he understood the charges.

An investigating officer told the court that during two days of “extensive” interviews the 20-year-old refused to answer questions or provide an account to police.

A 54-year-old man who was arrested in a second car at the scene and named in court as Liam Healy was released unconditionally by police.

Bail was refused and District Judge Barney McElholm stated it was “not in the public interest” to release Hastings as there is a “clear fear” of further offences.

The 20-year-old will appear in court again via videolink on May 9.

(For more coverage see tomorrow’s Derry Journal.)