Man denies bomb making and ‘terrorist cookbook’ charges


A Londonderry man has pleaded not guilty to bomb making offences and having a terrorist ‘cookbook’ after appearing in court yesterday.

Kevin Barry Concannon, 40, of Beechwood Avenue, Edenballymore, in the city, appeared at Belfast Crown Court to be arraigned on a total of nine charges.

The charges relate to two police searches of his home which were carried out in June 2013 during follow-up inquiries into a foiled mortar bomb attack in Londonderry three months earlier.

His defence counsel asked that Concannon be arraigned on six of the charges he faces as he planned to lodge a ‘No Bill’ application to three other counts.

Concannon pleaded not guilty to:

l possession of explosives with intent to endanger life;

l possession of explosive substances, namely aluminium granules, magnesium ribbon and metal springs;

l possession of a magazine in suspicious circumstances;

l collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists, namely pictures of Merseyside Police Headquarters between October 25-28, 2012;

l possession of an ‘Anarchist’s Cookbook’ likely to be useful to a person committing an act of terrorism;

l possession of a deactivated machinegun, a set of number plates, smoke cannisters and a thunder flash likely to be of use in the commission, preparation, or instigation in an act of terrorism.

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland said he would hear the ‘No Bill’ application on Friday.

The judge remanded Concannon back into custody and provisionally set a trial date for this June.