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Man accused of placing bomb under police officer’s car refused bail

A Co Armagh man accused of placing a car bomb on a police officer’s vehicle has been refused bail.

Sean McVeigh, 37, of Victoria Street in Lurgan appeared before Craigavon Crown Court on Friday.

He is due to stand on trial in August on suspicion of attempting to murder an off-duty officer in Derry/Londonderry in June 2015.

He has been on remand since last May and faces an additional charge of possessing explosives – namely an under vehicle improvised explosive device – with intent to endanger life.

Making the application, McVeigh’s defence argued over the length of time he has been on remand, and the fact a suitable bail address had been secured.

However, the prosecution argued that a trial date had been set and was just a matter of weeks away.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC raised concerns over McVeigh being a flight risk, before refusing bail and remanding him back into custody.

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