21/12/2018

Prisoner Charged With Terror Offences Refuses To Recognise Court

A 29-year-old man refused to recognise a Northern Ireland court as he was charged with a series of terror-related offences.

Niall Lehd, a serving prisoner, refused to stand when asked by District Judge Nigel Broderick at Ballymena Magistrates Court in County Antrim on Thursday 20 December.

He is charged with a number of offences relating to two different periods of time, on dates between 2011 and 2013, with the intention to commit acts of terrorism, manufacturing explosive devices, the preparation of an act of terrorism and providing information likely to be of use to terrorists.
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Also, further charges including possession of explosive devices, in relation to dates in 2016, were also attributed to Mr Lehd.

He was arrested on Wednesday 19 December, while already in custody, by detectives investigating the discovery of weapons in two forest parks and various other sites near Larne.

It was heard that he was due to be released from prison in March 2019.

Detective Constable Andrew Allen told the court that he believed he could connect Lehd to the charges.

No application for bail was made, and the accused was remanded in custody to appear again via video link on 17 January 2019.



(JG/CM)

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