Man remanded in custody over attempted murder of PSNI man

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A Co Tyrone man has been remanded in custody charged with the attempted murder of a policeman in Northern Ireland.

David Jordan, 44, from Cavanalinn, Pomeroy, is accused of the bomb attack on the officer seven years ago.

The Catholic policeman was driving from his home in Castlederg, Co Tyrone, to start a night shift at Enniskillen police station in Co Fermanagh in May 2008 when a dissident republican bomb made up of 1lb (0.5kg) of high explosives, which was hidden under his car, detonated.

The injured officer was able to escape the burning vehicle but suffered serious leg wounds.

The accused has been charged with attempted murder, causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, and belonging to or professing to belong to a proscribed organisation.

A district judge refused Jordan’s application for bail during the hearing at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court.

On Thursday, convicted dissident republican Gavin Coyle appeared before a judge in Strabane charged with the same crime. Coyle, formerly of Culmore Park, Omagh, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for a range of other dissident terror offences.