Derry men deny having items connected with terrorism

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Two Derry men today denied having various items connected with terrorism.

Paul McConnell, a 45-year-old taxi driver from Eastway Gardens pleaded not guilty to having a Chevrolet Epica car for a purpose “connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism” on July 12 last year,

William Martin McDonnell (26) entered not guilty pleas to having five imitation assault rifles, two blank firing pistols, five blank revolver rounds, three holsters, five camouflage jackets, balaclavas, belts, black gloves, black shoes, binoculars and a two way radio for a purpose connected with terrorism.

McDonnell, from Rinmore Drive in Derry, also denied possessing an 8mm blank calibre pistol under suspicious circumstances, also on July 12 last year.

Belfast Crown Court Judge David McFarland remanded McDonnell back into custody and released McConnell on continuing bail until their trial in September of the new legal term.