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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Real IRA, Trial, McKevitt

The trial of two Louth men accused of possessing explosive substances has heard evidence in a “trial within a trial” after both challenged the validity of search warrants issued in the lead up to their arrest.

Conan Murphy (aged 25), with an address at Plaster, Mount Pleasant, Dundalk, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to the possession of explosive substances at Aghaboys, Mount Pleasant on May 22, 2010.

His co-accused Philip McKevitt (aged 58) of Aghaboys, Mount Pleasant, has also pleaded not guilty to the same offence at his home on the same date.

Gardaí told the Special Criminal Court that they raided Philip McKevitt’s home and discovered an “adaptive” trailer constructed for the purposes of concealing two gas containers which had been modified to cause an explosion.

The prosecution contend that the arrest of the men in close proximity to the material uncovered together with surveillance evidence will show the two were in possession of explosive substances.

The trial today entered a voir dire, a “trial within a trial” where evidence was called in relation to the validity of search warrants issued against Philip McKevitt’s home.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler adjourned matters until Tuesday next, when the court is expected to continue hearing legal issues.

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