Sentencing adjourned for Londonderry man who admitted dissident offences


Sentencing was adjourned today in the case of a 40-year old Londonderry man who admitted a string of dissident republican charges including the possession of a bomb-making “cookbook”.

Kevin Barry Concannon, from Beechwood Avenue in the city, had already pleaded guilty to possessing explosive substances and other articles, and to having taken photographs of the headquarters of Merseyside Police.

Defence counsel Kieran Mallon QC described Concannon’s case as one of “warehousing” and argued Concannon did not fall into the category of posing a danger to the public on his release, urging a starting point of nine years for sentencing.

However, prosecution counsel Ciaran Murphy QC suggested a starting point of 12 years.

The judge will consider prosecution and defence submissions before sentencing next week.