Remanded in custody on bomb charge

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Three Derry men have denied having an armour piercing bomb.

Appearing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday, 41-year-old Jason Ceulemans, Damien Harkin and Neil Hegarty, both 48, pleaded not guilty to possessing “an explosively formed projectile (EFP) type improvised device” with intent to endanger life on December 6 last year.

Ceulemans, from the Lecky Road, Harkin from Westland Avenue and Hegarty, from Sackville Court, also denied having the explosive device under suspicious circumstances and a further charge of possessing two walkie talkies and a torch for a terrorist purpose.

The arraignment on a count of conspiring together to cause an explosion was adjourned for legal applications to be heard. Previous courts have heard how an explosively formed projectile was uncovered in a car which was stopped by the police in Creggan. All three were remanded back into custody until the trial, in November.