Northern Ireland

Connor Hughes denies Belfast blast bomb charges

Belfast court complex
Image caption Connor Hughes pleaded not guilty to two charges at Belfast Crown Court

A 22-year-old man has appeared in court charged over a blast bomb that was seized by security forces in west Belfast last year.

Connor Hughes, from Altan Close, Dunmurry, on the outskirts of the city, denied two charges linked to the seizure on 27 March, 2014.

Although few details emerged during the brief hearing at Belfast Crown Court, it is understood the device was found in a holdall in Shaw's Road.

Bomb disposal officers made it safe.

Mr Hughes was charged with possessing an improvised explosive device, that was to be detonated by a command wire, with intent to endanger life or cause injury to property.

He was also denied possessing the explosives in suspicious circumstances, on the same date - 27 March, 2014.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges and was remanded back into custody.

The case is due to be mentioned again in court on 28 January.