Dunmurry man to learn of pipe bomb verdict next week

Alleged dissident republican Sean Megaw
Alleged dissident republican Sean Megaw

A man will find out next week whether a Crown Court judge has deemed him guilty of possessing a pipe bomb.

After a short non-jury trial at Belfast Crown Court, where 27-year old Sean Megaw faced a single charge of possessing the pipe bomb and various components with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property, Judge Gordon Kerr QC said he will give his ruling on Thursday, September 3.

Two men were initially due to stand trial on the explosives charge following the discovery of a pipe bomb in the Lagmore area of Dunmurry, to the south-west of Belfast, last January.

Megaw, from Mount Eagles Square in Dunmurry, and co-accused Sean Gerald Ruddy, 40 and from Burren Meadow in Newcastle, each faced a single count of possessing the pipe bomb device and various components on January 31, 2014.

Prior to the trial commencing on Wednesday, Ruddy asked to be re-arraigned and admitted the charge on the grounds he was enabling others to use the device.

Megaw maintained his innocence.

During the trial, the court heard police pulled up beside a vehicle driven by Megaw.

Two officers spoke to him, and when Ruddy was then seen in the area, he saw the police and started to flee.

Witnesses said they saw Ruddy discarding an item and when the area was searched, a pipe bomb and compenents were found.

Megaw’s defence lawyer said there was no evidence Megaw had direct possession or any knowledge of the items, and no forensic evidence implicating him.