A 39 year old man stopped riding his motorcycle in Lurgan had 20 rounds of ammunition and a bottle containing liquid mercury in his rucksack, it was claimed last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
Gabriel Martin Aloyious Mackle, of Glebe Hill Manor, Tandragee, was charged with possession of the ammunition in suspicious circumstances on August 7 and possession of the liquid mercury in connection with the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.
When Mackle was brought into the dock at the court he was asked to stand so that the charges could be put to him but he refused to stand until his barrister asked him to get up.
A bail application was made on behalf of the defendant but this was opposed.
A detective constable said that police stopped Mackle riding a motorcycle in Victoria Street. He was alone and had a rucksack over his shoulder.
It was searched and contained 20 rounds of ammunition and a bottle containing 50mls of mercury.
The detective added that the accused refused to talk throughout the interview process and he believed he was involved in dissident republican activity.
Mercury, he explained, was used for car booby traps bombs.
He opposed bail and alleged Mackle was closely aligned with dissident republicans in the Lurgan area.
The officer added he had a serious concern that the defendant would not answer his bail.
He believed opposing bail was in the public interest and would protect the community.
The detective pointed out that Mackle had previous convictions and “obviously was a violent person.”
A barrister for the defendant said there had been no violent convictions since 2008.
District Judge, Mr Alan White, refused bail saying there was a serious risk of the commission of further offences.
He pointed out that the defendant refused to sign police bail and refused to stand up until his lawyer told him.
“He has no respect for the court at all,” added Mr White.
Mackle was remanded in custody to appear by videolink at Craigavon Magistrates Court on September 6.