Man who had pipe bomb gets jail term

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A 40-year old Co Down man who discarded a pipe bomb in a garden on the outskirts of Belfast after spotting police officers was handed an eight-year sentence on Wednesday.

Branding the offence committed by Sean Gerard Ruddy as “very serious”, Judge Gordon Kerr QC spoke of the potential dangers to both life and property that are posed by such explosive devices.

Ruddy, from Burren Meadow in Newcastle, pleaded guilty to possessing the pipe bomb and various components to enable others to endanger life or cause damage to property.

The father of two was informed by Judge Kerr that he will serve half of his sentence in prison, with the remaining four years on supervised licence when he is released from custody.