Guilty plea to trans­port­ing a mor­tar

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A Sligo man who was on trial ac­cused of IRA mem­ber­ship has pleaded guilty be­fore the Spe­cial Crim­i­nal Court to help­ing an un­law­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion by trans­port­ing a train­ing mor­tar.

Damhan McFad­den (29), of Kil­ma­cowen, Ballysadare in Sligo, pleaded guilty to know­ingly ren­der­ing as­sis­tance to an un­law­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion, styling it­self the Ir­ish Repub­li­can Army, oth­er­wise Oglaigh na hEire­ann oth­er­wise the IRA by trans­port­ing a train­ing mor­tar in fur­ther­ance of an un­law­ful ob­ject within the State on Au­gust 14, 2016.

McFad­den had orig­i­nally pleaded not guilty at the three-judge court to mem­ber­ship of an un­law­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion on Au­gust 14, 2016 and the trial has been un­der­way since Novem­ber 15.

Af­ter the guilty plea was en­tered, prose­cut­ing coun­sel Fiona Mur­phy SC asked the court that a “nolle pros­e­qui” be en­tered on the mem­ber­ship charge which Mr McFad­den had orig­i­nally been charged with.

Pre­sid­ing judge Mr Jus­tice Tony Hunt, sit­ting with Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin and Judge Cor­mac Dunne, re­manded McFad­den on con­tin­u­ing bail un­til Jan­uary 25, when he will be sen­tenced.

The trial con­tin­ues against Ju­lian Flohr, McFad­den’s for­mer co-ac­cused.

Flohr (37), with an ad­dress at Rusheen Ard, Cal­tragh in Sligo, is charged with mem­ber­ship of an un­law­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion, styling it­self the Ir­ish Repub­li­can Army, oth­er­wise Oglaigh na hEire­ann, oth­er­wise the IRA, on Au­gust 14, 2016.

As Mr Flohr made no re­ply when the regis­trar put the mem­ber­ship charge to him two weeks ago, the court en­tered a not guilty plea on his be­half. Ev­i­dence was pre­vi­ously given that the two men were trav­el­ling in a car from which gar­dai re­cov­ered a mor­tar round in­side a “Spi­derman” themed back­pack.

Gda Ea­monn McDon­nell of the Sligo/Leitrim Divi­sional Drugs and his col­league Gda Ciaran Staid were on duty in the Drom­a­hair area of around 10.30pm on Au­gust 14 and were head­ing to­wards Manorhamil­ton when they ob­served a black Saab car be­long­ing to McFad­den in the area which they found “un­usual” and stopped him.

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