Explosives case: ‘Bail not in the public interest’

A man accused of possessing explosives at his home has been refused bail at the local Magistrate’s Court.

Kevin Barry Concannon, of Beechwood Avenue, is charged with possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, possessing articles for use in terrorism and recording information for terrorism between August 2012 and June this year.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the 40-year-old’s home was searched as part of an operation following a mortar find on the Letterkenny Road in March.

During the search it is alleged 130 grams of high explosives were found along with 24 blank rounds of ammunition. It was further claimed that a laptop was seized which included photographic images of a show of strength and photographs of Merseyside Police Headquarters.

A second search was conducted and police allegedly discovered a deactivated machine gun.

The court also heard allegations that ‘intelligence gathering’ of people involved in the supply of drugs was found inside a child’s DVD.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police fear the 40-year-old would interfere with witnesses, commit further offences or leave the jurisdiction.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said it was in the public interest Concannon be remanded in custody. He will appear in court again on January 2.