Northern Ireland

North Belfast explosives charges: Michael Thomas Lagan refused bail

Laganside Courts complex
Image caption Mr Lagan's defence lawyer told Belfast Magistrates' Court that his client had no interest in sectarianism

A 28-year-old man has been refused bail after parts of a bomb were found during searches in the New Lodge area of north Belfast last Thursday.

Michael Thomas Lagan of Cu Chulainn House in Belfast said he had no knowledge of the material in his flat.

He is charged with possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

Police objected to a bail application on the grounds of risk of flight and risk of reoffending.

Mr Lagan's defence lawyer told Belfast Magistrates' Court that his client had no interest in sectarianism.

The lawyer said Mr Lagan had nothing political on his record and had worked as a youth worker for the East Belfast Mission.

When the judge asked whether police thought he was part of an organisation, the officer said it was one line of inquiry.

Bail was refused and Mr Lagan will appear in court again on 15 August.