Court hears keg bomb found in man’s car

Court hears keg bomb found in man’s car

A keg bomb was found in the car of a man accused of possessing an explosive substance, the prosecution has claimed at the opening of the man's trial at the Special Criminal Court today.

William Burns (40), of Kerrera St, Ardoyne, Belfast, Co Antrim has pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of the explosive substances PETN (Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate) and RDX (cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine), an adapted 50 litre beer keg, 50 kg of ammonium nitrate homemade explosive, an improvised detonation cord, an improvised steel booster tube and an improvised time and power unit at Kilcurry Church, Co Louth on May 25th, 2014. 

Opening the trial today, prosecuting counsel Paul Greene SC told the three-judge, non-jury court that the case began in 2014 when gardai from the Special Detective Unit and Crime and Security Unit were investigating activity in the Louth and border area and what the prosecution will say was the movement of explosives.

Mr Greene said that the court will hear evidence that on the evening of the alleged offence, two men drove a white transit van to a carpark off the N1, the old main road from Dublin to Belfast, before the accused man, Mr Burns, drove a red Volkswagen Passat, with a Northern Ireland registration, into the same carpark.  

The two vehicles drove one after the other out of the carpark to Kilcurry Church, where they parked up back to back, Mr Greene said.  

He also said that during the trial the court will have the benefit of a video recording of the events which transpired thereafter. 

The court will hear that an improvised explosive device, or IED, was moved from the transit van and placed in the boot of Mr Burns' vehicle, Mr Greene said. 

He added that the court will also hear evidence that while searching Mr Burns' car gardai found a 50 litre Guinness barrel, plastic tubing which contained white powder suspected to be explosive, and an electric timer, marked safe to arm, with a LED warning light attached and the time set for a thirty minute delay.