Refused bail on ‘device’ charge

A man accused of possessing a “viable device” on the Buncrana Road, has been refused bail at the local magistrates court.

Eugene Martin McLoone, of 8 Abercorn Road, is charged with possessing explosive with intent to endanger life on September 26, last year.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard allegations an improvised explosive device was found in the front passenger seat of McLoone’s car when it was stopped on the Buncrana Road.

An investigating officer said it was a “viable device” and when cautioned the 54-year-old said he had “never seen it before.”

Opposing bail, the officer told the court police feared the accused may leave the jurisdiction, re-offend or intefere with the course of justice.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client was willing to be tagged, abide by a curfew and report daily to police.

He said the 54-year-old had been on remand for almost six months and “prison has taken its toll on him.”

Deputy District Judge Rosalie Prytherch refused bail. McLoone was remanded in custody and will appear in court via videolink on March 8.