Newry man Bryan McManus admits terrorism charges

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A Newry man is believed to be the first person successfully prosecuted for terrorist fund-raising in NI.

Bryan Christopher McManus, 56, of Aileen Terrace, also admitted having eight handguns, a rifle, component parts of weapons, and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

The court previously heard one of the guns was disguised as the handle of a walking stick.

He had been making and modifying guns for dissident republicans.

The engineer claimed to have been doing it since 2007 on behalf of people he suspected were in the Real IRA.

Detectives uncovered a large quantity of firearms and ammunition from outbuildings at McManus' house in Newry in September 2010.

He admitted six charges - four firearms-related and two terrorist-related - at Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday.

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