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Men plead guilty over armour piercing bomb

Neil Hegarty, who was convicted alongside Jason Lee Anna Ceulemans and Damien Harkin

Neil Hegarty, who was convicted alongside Jason Lee Anna Ceulemans and Damien Harkin

Three Londonderry men yesterday pleaded guilty to having an armour piercing bomb and articles for use in acts of terrorism.

The trio – 42-year-old Jason Lee Anna Ceulemans, Damien Harkin, 48, and 49-year-old Neil Christoper Hegarty – pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to possessing “an explosively formed projectile (EFP) type improvised device” with intent to endanger life.

Ceulemans, from the Lecky Road, Harkin, from Westland Avenue, and Hegarty, from Sackville Court, also admitted having two walkie talkies and a torch for a terrorist purpose on the same date, December 6, 2012.

Although no details were given to Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland, previous hearings were told the usually rocket-fired EFP, a special type of shaped charge designed to penetrate armour effectively at distances, was uncovered in a car stopped by police in the Creggan area of Londonderry.

However, the court was told yesterday that the men did not intend using the device themselves, but that there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction their possession was on a “second limb” basis.

A prosecution lawyer said that in view of the guilty pleas, two other charges – one of conspiracy to cause an explosion using the device, and secondly of possessing it under suspicious circumstances – should be allowed to ‘remain on the books’, and not be proceeded with, without leave of the court and the Court of Appeal.

The trio will be sentenced next month.

 
 
 

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