Lurgan man has explosives charge dropped

Pacemaker Press 25/3/09 Tight security as 37 year old Brendan McConville arrives at Lisburn Court house charged with the murder of Constable Stephen Carroll who was shot by the RIRA in Craigavon two weeks ago. McConville is a former Sinn Fein councillor.
Pacemaker Press 25/3/09 Tight security as 37 year old Brendan McConville arrives at Lisburn Court house charged with the murder of Constable Stephen Carroll who was shot by the RIRA in Craigavon two weeks ago. McConville is a former Sinn Fein councillor.
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A LURGAN man, one of two convicted of murdering Constable Stephen Carroll has been cleared of explosives charges.

Former Sinn Fein Councillor Brendan McConville, 41, was due to have gone on trial accused of having explosives with intent to endanger life and under suspicious circumstances.

However, a prosecuting QC told Belfast Crown Court on Monday no evidence was being offered against him.

Earlier this year McConville was jailed for at least 25 years for Constable Carroll’s murder.

The 48-year-old police officer was shot dead in Craigavon in March 2009.

No details to the background of the explosives case were given in court but the indictment alleged that McConville had explosive substances namely firework fuse, filler plugs, firework composition, pieces of shotgun cartridges, plastic conduit assemblies, springs and pegs.

The offences had been alleged to have taken place on dates between 11 October 2006 and October 11 2007.