Tyrone man appears in court on terrorism charges

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A 34-year-old man from Co Tyrone has appeared in court charged with possession of explosives and assault rifles.

Brian John Carron - of Colliers Lane in Coalisland - is also accused of possessing two mobile phones and four vehicles for use in terrorism between May 2010 and April 2011.

He appeared in the dock at Dungannon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 20th June after being detained on Tuesday morning.

The arrest relates to the seizure of ammunition and weapons at a garage in the Mountjoy Road area of the town seven years ago.

He is also accused of possession of explosives with the intent to endanger life, which included semtex, rocket propellant, eight detonators, home grenade initiators, and more.

Carron's lawyer, Peter Corrigan from KRW Law, said DNA evidence in the case against his client was taken in 2011 and told the court that a connection to the offences was not established at the time, before being sent for further testing in the US in 2016.

Following questioning from the solicitor, the detective confirmed that as a result of forensic advances a connection was made in April 2017.

Mr Corrigan asked why, when the case was established last year, the defendant was not questioned about it until this week.

He said he would make a bail application in a week's time and the detective said that would be opposed.

District Judge John Meehan remanded the accused in custody.