Dunmurry man pleads guilty to having sub-machine gun and two pistols in shed

Laganside Court in Belfast

A DUNMURRY man who was caught with a sub-machine gun and two pistols in his shed was told today that he will be sentenced for the offences next month.

Edward Francis Corr, from Foxes Glen, appeared in Belfast Crown Court where he admitted two charges arising from a police search at his home in October 2016.

Corr initially denied the offences, but earlier today his barrister Gavan Duffy QC asked that his client be re-arraigned on the charges he faces.

The father-of-three was charged with possessing a sub-machine gun, two semi-automatic pistols and two magazines plus a quantity of ammunition with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property, or to enable some other person by means thereof to endanger life or cause serious damage to property, on October 24, 2016.

He was also charged with possessing on the same date a Skorpion M48 sub machine gun, which was so designed or adapted that two or more missiles could be successively discharged without repeated pressure on the trigger, without the authority of the Secretary of State

After both charges were put to him, Corr replied 'guilty'. Prosecutor barrister Liam McCollum QC said the Crown was accepting the pleas and asked for a third charge that was levelled against Corr - namely possessing the same firearms and ammunition in suspicious circumstances - be 'left on the books' and not proceeded with.

Although no details of the search of Corr's home emerged during yesterday's hearing, a previous court was told all three weapons were located in Corr's shed, and that Corr claimed he was threatened that he would be shot if he didn't agree to store the guns.

Police linked the seizure of the weapons to dissident Republican group Oglaigh na hEireann.

Corr was released on bail ahead of sentencing for the firearms offences on Friday June 29.

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