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Derry man (39) in court after police raid finds bag with bomb and accelerant `hidden in kitchen cubby hole'

A police raid of a house uncovered a bag hidden in a cubby hole containing components for a bomb and accelerant

A 39-year-old man has appeared at court in Derry charged with possessing explosives in suspicious circumstances after police raid of a house uncovered a bag containing components for a bomb and accelerant.

The bag was found hidden in a cubby hole in the kitchen.

Gary Burke, of Ederowen Park in the Galliagh area of the city, who was arrested on Thursday, denies the charge.

Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey told the court that Mr Burke would be claiming that he had no access to the cubby hole and had volunteered witnesses to the police.

The court heard the potential witnesses have yet to be interviewed.

The solicitor said Mr Burke "there was not a strong case" and his client was "hopeful DNA and fingerprint evidence would come to his assistance".

Mr Harvey said that the only link between Mr Burke and the items was the bag, and the defendant denied knowing what was in it.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a case that could take some time to be resolved.

He said he felt there was a danger that Mr Burke could speak to witnesses and did not grant bail.

Mr Burke was remanded in custody to appear again on January 11.

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