Bomb left in Preston shopping centre: Man in remand

A man has appeared in court accused of leaving a crude home-made bomb in a shopping centre. David Rutherford, 24, of Barry Avenue, Preston, was remanded into custody for 14 days after a brief appearance at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

He was arrested on Wednesday after an incendiary device was found in toilets at the Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston at 9am on December 17.

The device ignited but did not explode or cause damage.

Rutherford is charged with unlawfully and maliciously making an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the case was “unusual” and asked JPs to remand the defendant in custody for two weeks as the charge requires approval by the Attorney General.

Paolo Passerini, defending, told the court he did not object to the defendant being remanded but he was “duty bound” to inform magistrates there were “issues” over the defendant’s mental health and his ability to understand proceedings and whether remand in prison was appropriate.

No pleas were entered and there was no application for bail.

There will be a further hearing by videolink next Friday, before Rutherford returns to court on January 14.


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