Derry man in court on terrorism charges

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A part time student has appeared in Derry Magistrate’s court on terrorist charges linked to a dissident Republian Easter commemoration in the city.

Frank Quigley (28), from Elmwood Road, Derry is accused of arranging, managing or assisting a meeting in support of a Real IRA colour party in April.

He is further charged with aiding and abetting people in the wearing of clothing to arouse a reasonable suspicion that the wearers were members or supporters of the outlawed organisation.

The accused, who was in custody, did not acknowledge the charges when they were put to him in court. He remained seated and did not speak throughout the hearing.

The charges relate to a commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising, held in Derry’s city cemetery on Monday April 25.

During the event a masked man purporting to represent the Real IRA made threats against members of the PSNI, as well as nationalists and republicans who associated with the police.

Quigley, a part-time civil engineering student at the University of Ulster and father of an 18 month-old child, denies being a member of the Real IRA and has told police he was not aware that such a statement would be read out.

A police constable said she believed she could connect Quigley with the charges. She told the court that Quigley was arrested by arrangement at Antrim police station.

She said that Quigley told police during interview that he was not a member of the Real IRA, the IRA or Oglaigh Na hEireann but that he admitted to being a member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement.

He admitted he was present at the 32 County Sovereignty Movement’s Easter Rising Commemoration and being asked to assist with the generator which powered the PA system, and with flags for the colour party. He said he had no prior knowledge that the colour party members were going to wear masks and had no idea a speech would be read on behalf of the Real IRA.

Quigley refused to identify any member of the colour party, the constable told the court.

The constable added that the alleged offences were committed while the accused was serving a suspended sentence for possession of a prohibited weapon, namely CS spray and that he had a two page criminal record from petty sessions.

She confirmed that enquiries were continuing into computer equipment and mobile phones seized during a raid of the accused’s home last week.

Defence solicitor Ciaran Shields said his client did not expect the colour party to be wearing masks and had “no idea” that a speech would be made on behalf of the Real IRA, Oglaigh Na hEireann or the IRA.

Quigley was remanded on bail of £1,000 to appear at Derry Magistrate’s Court on July 7.

A night time curfew and a number of other conditions were imposed. He has also been ordered not to attend any protests or meetings organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement.

Two others, Marion Price and Marvin Canning (49) appeared in court in recent weeks in charged with terrorist offences relating to the same Easter Monday commemoration. Both were released on bail.