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Judge extends 'Cinderella' curfew to alleged Coalisland terrorist for sister's wedding

A COALISLAND man accused of having guns, explosives and items for use in terrorism has had his curfew extended to attend his sister’s wedding today, Friday.

Brian John Carron was granted a one-off extended curfew at Dungannon Magistrate’s Court this morning in order to carry out his role as a groomsman at his sibling’s wedding today.

Carron’s solicitor appeared at court this morning to request the curfew be extended until 1:00am, but a Police detective objected the proposal, stating he believed there was a “significant risk” the defendant would flee due to the “substantial” charges brought against him.

The 34-year-old of Colliers Lane, was arrested on 19th June in connection with alleged offences between May 2010 and April 2011.

He is charged with possessing quantities of Semtex, rocket propellant, home grenade initiators, glucose powder, improvised power units and incendiary devices, eight detonators, and component parts of an improvised rocket system.

Carron also faces a count of having firearms with intent to endanger life, namely four AKM assault rifles, six loaded magazines and a quantity of 7.62mm short ammunition.

A third charge relates to the alleged possession of two mobile phones and four vehicles in preparation for an act of terrorism.

During a previous court hearing his terrorist weapons cache was described as one of the biggest recovered by police in the last 10 years.

The High Court granted the defendant bail last Friday, with cash sureties of £10,000, after he was initially refused bail at Dungannon Magistrate’s Court, where a detective inspector said bail was strongly opposed and described Carron as a suspected dissident republican who is believed to be a member of the New IRA.

His release from custody was on the condition he abided by a curfew, electronic monitoring, surrendered his passport and a ban was put in place to prevent him from leaving Northern Ireland.

Speaking on his behalf at the hearing this morning, Carron’s solicitor said his attendance at the wedding was important to his sister and the risk of the defendant fleeing was “minimal” and does not “proportionate” the rejection for this one-off event.

A Police detective added the curfew in place assisted officers in case the defendant did abscond, particularly as such persons have been known to flee Northern Ireland whilst facing charges and released on bail.

They also argued the current curfew still enabled the defendant to attend the wedding and carry out his duties at the ceremony.

On giving his verdict, District Judge Peter King said Carron was “going to be Cinderella like” and extended his curfew until midnight, taking into account the case presented by Police and the Public Prosecution Service.

District Judge King also granted the defence’s application for Carron’s bail to be signed in Cookstown tomorrow, Saturday.

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