Republican charged over gun attack on police has bail terms relaxed

Henry Fitzsimons disguising his face at a previous court appearance in January
Henry Fitzsimons disguising his face at a previous court appearance in January

A former prominent republican facing charges arising out of a gun attack on a police in December 2013, had one of his bail terms relaxed on Thursday.

Henry Joseph Fitzsimons, aged 48, of no fixed abode, but originally from the Andersonstown area of west Belfast, applied to have his daily reporting conditions to police lifted.

Mr Justice Treacy, sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice, agreed to amend the bail term, but only the ‘daily reporting’ aspect.

In future Fitzimons will have to report three times a week to the PSNI.

In January this year, Fitzsimons denied a catalogue of terrorist offences, including directing terrorism, when he appeared at Belfast Crown Court, where he faces a six to eight week Diplock non-jury trial later this year.

Fitzsimons is accused of attempting to murder members of a PSNI patrol fired at on December 5, 2013 on Belfast’s Crumlin Road, and to possessing the two AK47 assault rifles and ammunition used in the attack.

He also faces charges of being involved in the preparation of terrorist acts, directing a terrorist organisation between December 2012 and December 2013, and of belonging to or professing to belong to a proscribed organisation - the Irish Republican Army - on the same dates.