Tandragee man is returned for trial on explosive and ammunition charges


A Tandragee man was been returned for trial to Belfast Crown Court after appearing at a preliminary enquiry last Friday at Craigavon courthouse.

Gabriel Mackle (40) of Glebe Hill Manor is charged with having an explosive substance, mercury, with intent to endanger life and cause serious injury on August 7 last year.

He is also charged with having ammunition, having mercury in suspicious circumstances and having ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

An application for bail was opposed by the public prosecutor. She said a prima facie was accepted and that the mercury, which can be used as a tilt switch, was found in a rucksack on the accused’s back when he was stopped while riding a motorcycle.

Mackle was remanded in custody to Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.