‘Bomb factory part of wider terror plot’ – High Court told

Kevin Barry Murphy, from Coalisland, has denied possessing explosives and items for use in terrorism

A bomb-factory uncovered in County Armagh last year allegedly involving a Coalisland man was part of a wider terrorist plot, the High Court has heard.

Kevin Barry Murphy, 41, of Altowen Park, Coalisland, appeared in court charged with possessing explosives and items for use in terrorism following the discovery of an alleged bomb-making factory in Keady. He has denied the charges.

Police believe the stash of parts allegedly used in home-made bombs – including timer power units, fertiliser, icing sugar and a detonator – was part of a wider terrorist plot, Belfast’s High Court heard.

The prosecution claim Murphy is linked through fingerprints on a coffee grinder also seized.

He denies any involvement and gave a statement to say he cannot quantify how many household coffee items he has touched over the years.

Murphy was refused compassionate bail to attend his son’s confirmation.

A prosecution barrister said Murphy and others currently on remand are due to be questioned about other similar incidents.

She said police believed “this bomb-making factory… was part of a bigger terrorist plan”.

Police are also set to make further arrests as part of their investigations later this week, she told the court.

Mr Murphy’s barrister said that nothing had been disclosed about any police plans to carry out more interviews.

He said: “The case against this applicant is founded solely on fingerprints on a coffee grinder.

“These fingerprints cannot be dated in any shape or form. It’s a thin case.”

>BBC report



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