A mortar bomb attack was being planned on a security force vehicle in Co Armagh, the High Court heard yesterday.
Prosecutors also claimed reconnaissance was used against police and prison staff, including a governor, over a two-year period. Suspects allegedly drove past one target’s home more than 50 times in eight days, a judge was told.
Details emerged as bail was refused to one of three men accused of a plot to bomb and kill.
Damien Duffy, 43, of Campbell Walk, Lurgan, faces charges of conspiracy to murder, conspiring to cause an explosion, and collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists. He was arrested in May last year following a nine-month police investigation involving surveillance, tracking and covert recordings.
The alleged offences, stretching back to November 2009, relate to PSNI and prison officers’ movements in the Lurgan and Craigavon areas.
Counsel for the prosecution claimed audio recordings showed the Kilmore Road and Cottage Road junction in Lurgan was to be used for a mortar bomb attack on security forces.
Alleged discussions between the suspects included references to lines of sight, getting angles right and breaking cover.
The barrister also claimed attack planning was carried out on two identified prison officers as they came and went from HMP Maghaberry.
Lord Justice Coghlin was told the prison governor’s home in a rural setting was passed several times for no apparent legitimate reason.
Turning to the information gathering charges, the barrister claimed two of the accused scouted one officer’s home on 54 occasions – including 21 times in a 90-minute period.
Discussions about areas for carrying out an attack, escape routes and “giving it 20 seconds to get down there” were allegedly recorded. It was accepted that forensic analysis of the audio recordings was unable to attribute any of the remarks to Damien Duffy. But independent witnesses puts him in the car used during the alleged offences, it was alleged.
Mark Mulholland QC, defending, argued that Duffy should be released due to the “paucity” of evidence and delays in processing the case.
Refusing bail, however, Lord Justice Coghlin said: “In cases of terrorism the offence is driven by a warped political ideology. Therefore there is a significantly higher risk of further offences.”