Northern Ireland

Belfast men deny handgun and ammo charges in court

A jury has been told that police uncovered a pistol and bullets after stopping a speeding car in west Belfast.

The claim was made by a prosecution lawyer at the trial of two Belfast men in the city's Crown Court.

45-year-old Edward McKay,45, from Shaw's Court, and James Taggart, 30, from Glenpark Street, are charged with possessing a handgun and ammunition under suspicious circumstances.

Both men deny the charges.

Prosecuting lawyer Peter Magill told the court that when police searched Mr Taggart's car on Kennedy Way on 7 November 2009, they uncovered a revolver wrapped in a newspaper inside a bin bag at Mr McKay's feet in the passenger footwell.

He said that when officers searched Mr McKay, they found six bullets in a speed loader clip in his trouser pocket.

The lawyer claimed that when arrested and interviewed, Mr McKay refused to answer police questions, but Mr Taggart claimed he knew nothing of the gun or ammunition and was just giving Mr McKay a lift home.

Mr Magill told the court that when forensically examined, Mr McKay's prints and DNA were uncovered on the bag containing the gun.

The trial continues.