Tandragee man denies possession of liquid mercury and ammunition

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A 40-year old Co Armagh man appeared in court on Wednesday where he denied terrorist-related offences including the possession of liquid mercury.

Appearing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court, Gabriel Mackle from Glebe Hill Manor in Tandragee denied a total of four charges, namely possession of explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious risk to property, possession of explosives in suspicious circumstances, possession of ammunition with intent and possession of ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

When the charges were put to Mackle, he replied ‘not guilty’ to each count.

Although no details were heard during Wednesday’s brief arraignment, a bail application held at the High Court in Belfast last December heard that it was the Crown’s case that Mackle was stopped riding a motorcycle in Lurgan on August 7 last year.

It is alleged that when a rucksack he was carrying was searched, police discovered a bottle of liquid mercury and 20 rounds of ammunition.

The bail hearing was told by a prosecution lawyer that similar substances to the liquid mercury had been used in the past to make tilt switches for improvised explosives and booby-trap devices.

After entering the not guilty pleas, Mackle was remanded back into custody.

A provisional trial date has been set for the end of April.