Northern Ireland

County Armagh man Gabriel Mackle denies explosives charges

Laganside Courts
Image caption Mr Mackle appeared at Belfast Crown Court

A County Armagh man has pleaded not guilty to a number of terrorist-related offences at Belfast Crown Court.

Gabriel Mackle, 40, from Glebe Hill Manor in Tandragee was arrested in Lurgan in August of last year.

He denied four charges, including possession of explosives with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition with intent.

A previous bail hearing heard a bottle of liquid mercury was found in Mr Mackle's rucksack when he was arrested.

Twenty rounds of ammunition were also found. Mr Mackle had been on a motorcycle when he was stopped.

The bail hearing was told by a prosecutor lawyer that similar substances to the liquid mercury had been used in the past to make tilt switches for improvised explosives and booby-trap devices.

After entering the not guilty pleas on Wednesday, Mr Mackle was remanded back into custody.

A provisional trial date has been set for the end of April.