Man remanded on Court House bomb charges

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A 49-years-old Derry man has appeared in court charged in connection with an attempted car bombing at Bishop Street Court House in March of last year.

Eamon Cassidy, whose address was given as as c/o Maghaberry prison is charged that on March 27, 2011 he had in his possession items, namely AMS, PETN and RDX with the intention to endanger life or cause damage to property or to enable someone else to do so.

Derry Magistrate’s Court was told that DNA evidence linked the accused to the bomb, which was discovered after coded warnings were issued to several places in the city on the evening of March 27.

The court heard how the device was located in a Green Vauxhall Astra, which had been stolen earlier that day. A representative of the Prosecution Service told the court that the car contained a beer keg, tilted on the back seat and, following a controlled explosion of the vehicle, a power unit, booster tube and detonator were recovered.

Cassidy was remanded in custody to appear again in court, via videolink, on March 8.

As he left the dock, he blew kisses to family members sitting in the public gallery.