Soldier due back in court today

Soldier remanded.

Soldier remanded.

A member of the Irish Defence Forces who appeared in court last Wednesday charged with possessing explosives and ammunition is due to appear in Letterkenny District Court today.

Mark Cassidy, a private in the Irish Army, was charged with possessing an improvised explosive device and 87, 12 gauge, shotgun cartridges at An Grianan Vale Apartments, Ballyderowen, Burnfoot on February 17.

Appearing at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court last Wednesday evening, Detective Sergeant Michael Carroll said the accused made no reply when charged at Buncrana Garda Station shortly before being taken to court.

Dressed in a navy hooded top and black trousers Cassidy covered his face until inside the court.

Sgt Carroll said gardaí were opposing bail due to the serious nature of the charges and the “nature of the evidence gathered in the investigation”.

Defence barrister Peter Nolan BL sought legal aid, outlining how Cassidy was currently not working due to illness and was on “disability”. He said the defendant was living in rented accommodation which was now a crime scene.

A second person,a female soldier, was also questioned in connection with the same incident in Burnfoot last Monday, and was released without charge.




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