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Dublin man charged with attempted murder of PSNI officer has 'difficulty consulting lawyers' due to Covid restrictions

Police and forensics at the scene where a bomb was found under the car of a serving PSNI officer at Glenrandel in Eglinton village on the outskirts of Derry city. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

A DUBLIN man charged with the attempted murder of a PSNI officer outside Derry in 2015 is having difficulty consulting properly with his legal representatives due to current restrictions in prison.

Kieran Maguire (33) of Kippure Park in Dublin is charged with the attempted murder of the officer at Eglinton outside Derry on June 18 2015.

He also faces a charge of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life on the same date.

At a hearing today, a defence barrister said the case was scheduled for a mixed committal hearing but there are problems with the lack of face to face consultation in prison at the minute.

He said that there were a lot of videos and maps in this case and his client was anxious to examine these with his defence team and the video link system was simply not adequate for this.

The barrister said that a compassionate bail application may be one solution to the problem.

The case was adjourned for one week and Mr Maguire was remanded in continuing custody to return to court on July 29.

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