Mother-of-three admits guilt on terror charges


A mother of three from Pomeroy yesterday admitted three charges linked to a dissident training camp set up in a Co Tyrone forest.

Sharon Rafferty is the last of four defendants to plead to offences arising from the discovery of a firing range at Formil Wood between Greencastle and Broughdery in March 2012. The prosecution believe the training camp was in an advanced state of preparation for an attack by dissident republicans.

Rafferty, from Cabhan Aluinn in Pomeroy, initially denied a string of charges levelled against her. However, at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, her defence barrister asked that she be rearraigned on two of the charges she faced.

The 38-year-old admitted possessing a .22 Walther rifle and ammunition in suspicious circumstances on March 30, 2012, and also attending a place used for terrorist training, namely Formil Wood, on the same date. She also entered a guilty plea when charged with preparing or helping others in the preparation of an improvised firing range.

As all four accused have now pleaded guilty, they are due to be sentenced on charges arising from the training camp on July 1.