Judgment reserved in explosives case

The Special Criminal Court has reserved judgment in the trial of two men accused of having explosive materials at a flat in Dublin last year.

Cormac Fitzpatrick (aged 23) of Cathedral Walk, Monaghan, Co Monaghan, and Terry McConnell (aged 28) of Tullymore Gardens, Andersontown, Belfast have pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of explosive material at an apartment in The Crescent, Park West Pointe, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 on September 9, 2008.

The court was told during the four-week trial that enough explosive material to construct four pipe bombs was seized when armed gardaí raided the flat in the early hours of the morning. The two accused were arrested by gardaí after they were found in the bathroom of the apartment.

Both accused denied in evidence to the court that they were aware that explosive material was in the flat at the time they were arrested.

Today the three-judge non-jury court heard closing submissions from the prosecution and defence.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said the court would give its verdict at a later date.


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