Pair charged over Shankill playground shot

Police officers at the scene of a shooting incident in a children's play park in Belfast last week
Police officers at the scene of a shooting incident in a children's play park in Belfast last week

A man and woman have been remanded into custody facing charges relating to a sawn-off shotgun being fired at a children’s park.

Appearing side by side in the dock of Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 34-year-old Russian woman Tatjana Glusecenko and Simon Larmour, 26, confirmed they understood the charges against them.

Glusecenko, of no fixed abode and Larmour, from Rathvarna Drive in Lisburn, are jointly charged with possessing a firearm, namely a sawn-off single-barrelled shotgun, with intent to cause fear of violence, shortening the barrel of a shotgun, having a loaded gun while drunk or under the influence of drugs and having the gun without authority from the Secretary of State.

Larmour, who had a severely blackened and bruised right eye and stood using his jumper as a makeshift sling for his right arm, was further charged with discharging a shotgun at Beverly Street in Belfast and assaulting a constable, with all the charges alleged to have occurred on July 2.

On Thursday more than a dozen children were at a play park on Dover Street, just off the Shankill Road, when a shot was fired into the air.

The frightened youngsters fled and raised the alarm but members of the public detained the people they believed were responsible for the incident until police arrived.

No bail applications were lodged, and District Judge Bernie Kelly remanded them into custody to appear again on Monday when it is likely that bail applications will be made on their behalves.