Northern Ireland

Derry men deny Strand Road police station bomb attack

Strand Road
Image caption Parts of Strand Road were badly damaged in the bomb attack last August

Two Londonderry men have denied a car bomb attack on a Londonderry police station in August last year.

Arraigned at Belfast Crown Court were Philip O'Donnell, 43, and Martin McLoone, 23.

Both deny causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property on 3 August.

No-one was injured in the 200lb bomb, claimed by dissident republican group Oglaigh na hEireann, but several businesses were badly damaged.

Both Mr O'Donnell, from Baldrick Crescent and Mr McLoone, from Abercorn Road, but whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry Prison, also pleaded not guilty to hijacking the taxi which was used to deliver the bomb, falsely imprisoning the taxi driver and also denied being members or professing to be members of Oglaigh na hEireann.

Mr O'Donnell pleaded not guilty to further charges that he attempted to hijack a taxi on 1 August last year, two days before the actual explosion.

Defence lawyers for the pair said there "would be issues" surrounding witness anonymity applications on behalf of the prosecution.

The Recorder of Belfast, Judge Tom Burgess, said the trial, expected to last up to a month, had been listed for hearing next January but that in the meantime, he would review it in November and remanded the pair back into custody until then.

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