Three men from Derry caught with a mortar in the city in 2012 were each sentenced to ten years imprisonment at Belfast Crown Court yesterday.
Police stopped a car at Westway in Creggan on the evening of December 6 2012. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a holdall containing a home-made Explosively Formed Projectile (EFP). Police believe this item was intended to be used in a dissident republican terrorist attack.
Car driver Jason Ceulemans (41), of Coshowen, passengers Damien Harkin (48) of Westland Avenue, and Neil Hegarty (49) from Benevenagh Gardens were all sentenced to ten years imprisonment for possession of explosives and four years imprisonment for possession of items for use in terrorism. Both sentences are to run concurrently.