Under-car bomb accused's bail application to attend daughter's First Communion refused

Sean McVeigh. Picture by Mal McCann

A COURT heard yesterday how "massive damage" was caused when police detonated a booby trap bomb detected under a serving police officer's car to assess its impact.

The details emerged during a compassionate bail application by Co Armagh man Sean McVeigh who has applied to be released for his daughter's First Communion on April 8.

The 35 year-old of Victoria Street in Lurgan is charged with attempted murder of a police officer and possession of explosives on June 18 2015.

McVeigh is alleged to have committed the offences outside the officer's home in Eglinton on June 18, 2015.

A prosecuting barrister told Derry Magistrates Court that there were objections to the application on the grounds that he could abscond, commit further offences and interfere in the course of justice.

Defence solicitor Peter Corrigan said there could be no interference with witnesses as their background was "forensic and professional".

He said the First Communion was important for McVeigh's daughter and marked a high point in her life adding that the fact he would be residing in Dundalk was in his favour as police knew where he would be.

Deputy District Judge Oonagh Mullan however said the risk of absconding was a real risk.

"He chose to live in Dundalk despite having his family, his daughter, in the north.

"He quite clearly had no intention of bringing himself to the attention of the authorities here. I don't believe any conditions could be adequately policed to prevent absconding."

Bail was refused and McVeigh will appear again before the same court next week.

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