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Man expressed hopes bomb would be planted officer's car, court told

Anthony Quinn (31) expressed hopes that a bomb would be planted under the officer's car

A MOTORIST accused of having drugs and an air pistol allegedly declared to a policeman he was in a republican area and his head should be blown off, the High Court has heard.

Anthony Quinn (31) also expressed hopes that a bomb would be planted under the officer's car, it was claimed.

Quinn, of Platers Hill in Coalisland, Co Tyrone, faces 13 charges in connection with the incident, including having a firearm in suspicious circumstances, possessing cannabis and Pregabalin, disorderly

and indecent behaviour.

Prosecutor Mark Conlon said he was in a car stopped by police at Loughview Road in the town on November 28 last year.

Quinn allegedly got out and became abusive when police indicated they wanted to search the vehicle due to the smell of alcohol and cannabis.

"He was arrested, escorted to a cell van and said to an officer `You need your head blown off, this is a republican area'," Mr Conlon submitted.

The barrister claimed Quinn further declared: "I hope there's a bomb under your car."

While in custody he allegedly exposed his backside and genitals to a police sergeant.

A bag of suspected herbal cannabis, a box knife and an air pistol were seized from the vehicle, the court heard.

Further searches at an address linked to Quinn led to the recovery of more cannabis, nearly 400 Pregabalin tablets, two sets of scales and an apparent list of clients' names and specified amounts.

Quinn is also charged with possessing an offensive weapon in public and motoring offences.

Mr Justice Huddleston refused bail.

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