Derry man admits terrorist related charges

Kevin Barry Concannon pictured at an earlier court appearance.
Kevin Barry Concannon pictured at an earlier court appearance.

A 40-year-old man has admitted a string of terrorist-related charges, including the possession of a bomb-making ‘cookbook’.

Kevin Barry Concannon, from Beechwood Avenue area of the city, appeared at Belfast Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a total of seven offences, one of which was having photographs of the headquarters of Merseyside Police in Liverpool.

Concannon appeared in court earlier this year when he entered not guilty pleas to the charges that were put to him. However, his barrister Kieran Mallon QC asked that his client be rearraigned on seven of the nine charges he initially faced.

When a charge of possessing an explosive substance, Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN), with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property on June 10, 2013 was put to the accused, he replied that he was guilty to the second limb of the charge, namely enabling others to endanger life.

He entered the same plea on a similar charge of possessing explosive substances – aluminium granules, magnesium ribbon and metal springs – with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

Concannon was rearraigned on a further four terrorist-related charges on the same date, and entered guilty pleas to all three counts. He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, namely a magazine, in suspicious circumstances; possession of explosives, namely blank cartridges, in suspicious circumstances; possession of information or documents likely to be of use in terrorism, namely the Anarchist’s Cookbook, and also possessing articles for use in terrorism. The articles in the latter charge are a deactiviated sub-machine gun, a set of number plates, smoke cannisters and also a thunder flash.

He also admitted collecting or making records of information likely to be of use in terrorism on dates between October 25 and 28, 2012. The information in question is images of Merseyside Police HQ.

After guilty pleas were entered to all seven counts, prosecuting barrister Kieran Murphy QC told the court the Crown would accept the pleas. He also asked that two further charges Concannon intially faced be left on the court books.

The charges relate to police searches which were carried out at Concannon’s house last June during follow-up inquiries into a foiled dissident republican mortar attack in the city that occurred three months earlier.

Concannon was remanded back into custody by Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland. He is due to be sentenced for the offences in September.