13/01/2014

Four Men Jailed After Guns And Ammo Discovery

Four men described as "dissident republicans" have been sentenced to a total of 36 years following a police stop-and-search in County Tyrone three years ago.

Detectives from the PSNI Serious Crime Branch have welcomed the sentences imposed on the four men, who were caught with guns and ammunition on the Gorticashel Road in Omagh.

Police stopped a Ford Fiesta car on the Gorticashel Road on 11 October 2010.

Four men were in the car: the driver, Mark McGuigan (29), of Sperrin View, Omagh; Daniel Turnbull (33) of Strule Park, Omagh; Darryn McCallion (25) Benview Estate, L'Derry; and Martin McLoone (25) Abercorn Road, L'Derry.

Follow-up searches uncovered a sub-machine gun, a hand gun and ammunition from a vehicle belonging to Daniel Turnbull.

Police believe these items were intended to be used in a dissident republican attack.

A spokesman for Serious Crime Branch said: "The recovery of these weapons has undoubtedly saved lives. Police will continue to combat the threat posed by dissident republican individuals and groups who plan to use violence to further their agendas.

"We would encourage people in the community to continue to work with us to reduce the threat posed by such reckless individuals so that we can bring them before the courts."

Mark McGuigan was sentenced to 12 years, Daniel Turnbull to nine years, Darryn McCallion to seven years and Martin McLoone to eight years. All sentences will be served half in jail and half on licence.

(IT)

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