Man remanded over holdall mortar bomb

Laganside Court Building
Laganside Court Building

A man was remanded into custody on Monday accused of having an improvised mortar bomb.

Connor Hughes was arrested after the device was seized in west Belfast last Thursday.

A bomb and command wire were found inside a holdall during the police operation on the Shaw’s Road.

Hughes, 22, from Altan Close in the Dunmurry area, faces a charge of possessing an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates’ Court the accused declined to reply when the alleged offence was put to him.

He waved at a group of supporters gathered in the public gallery.

No application for bail was made during the brief hearing.

Hughes was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link in four weeks time.