Brothers admit offences linked to terrorist training camp


Two brothers from Co Tyrone yesterday pleaded guilty to a number of terrorist charges relating to the discovery of a makeshift training camp and firing range on the outskirts of Omagh.

Terence Aiden Coney, 35, from Malabhui Road in Carrickmore, and his 36-year-old brother Gavin Joseph Coney, from Gorticashel Road in Omagh, were rearraigned at Belfast Crown Court on the charges that can be linked to the dissident camp uncovered in Formil Wood in March 2012.

A prosecution lawyer said that the Crown were willing to accept the brothers’ guilty pleas to the charges, while also asking a series of other offences be allowed to ‘remain on the books’.

Last week a Co Antrim man, Sean Kelly, 48, from Duneane Crescent, in Toombridge, also pleaded guilty to charges linked to the terrorist camp.

Their guilty pleas leave a fourth accused, 38-year-old Sharon Rafferty from Pomeroy, who is due to stand trial before the non-jury Diplock court later this week.

Belfast Recorder, Judge David McFarland, who released the Coney brothers on continuing bail, said he would pass sentence in the case, “when the question of Mrs Rafferty’s innocence or guilt is determined”.

Although no details were revealed at yesterday’s hearing, it is the prosecution case that the terrorist training camp was in an advanced state of preparation for an attack by dissident republicans.

Among the charges the brothers admitted were possession of a firearm and ammunition.