Northern Ireland

Arrests at Michael Barr funeral: Three men remanded in custody

Three men have been remanded in custody after they were arrested following the funeral of Mickey Barr in Co Tyrone
Three men have been remanded in custody after they were arrested following the funeral of Mickey Barr in Co Tyrone Three men have been remanded in custody after they were arrested following the funeral of Mickey Barr in Co Tyrone

THREE men have appeared in court charged with wearing paramilitary-style clothing following the funeral of a dissident republican in Co Tyrone.

The men were arrested on Thursday following the funeral of Michael Barr in Clady, who was shot dead in Dublin last month.

Conor David Metcalfe (25) of Monasteoy Park in Dublin, John Desmond Christie (52) of Ratoath and Patrick Lavin (51) of Deansrath appeared before Omagh Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

They were jointly charged with wearing clothing or having articles as members or supporters of a proscribed organisation.

The court heard that the men were among a number of people who flanked the coffin of Mr Barr as it was taken from his father's home in Clady.

A police officer told the court they objected to the men being bailed due to tensions in areas of Strabane and Derry.

The officer also said there was a risk of the men failing to appear for any future court hearings.

However, defence solicitors said the men intended to travel to future court appearances and said cash sureties had been deposited. All three were refused bail.

Another 12 men arrested by police and questioned about alleged membership of the dissident republican group were later released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.