Hawkin Street pair jailed in connection with weapons haul

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
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Two men charged in connection with a weapons haul have been jailed.

Gary Pius McPhillips, 30, of Hawkin Street, pleaded guilty to possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, possession of a firearm with intent and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Among the weapons seized during a search of McPhillips Hawkin Street address were two hand grenades, a sub-machine gun, pistols, magazines and cartridges.

A CS gas canister was also found during the search on December 20, 2012.

McPhillips also admitted possessing MDMA and mephedrone with intent to supply.

The 30-year-old received a sentence of eight years, half of which will be spent in custody and half on licence.

His co-accused 28-year-old Ryan O’Reilly, of Meadowbank Court, pleaded guilty to possessing an 8mm calibre blank firing pistol in suspicious circumstances.

He received a sentence of two years, half of which will be spent in custody and half on licence.

Passing sentence, Judge Phillip Babington also imposed a serious crime prevention order for five years after the men are released from prison.

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