Teen’s not guilty plea to bomb making charges

January 12, 2015

A Forkhill teenager, jointly accused of running a “bomb factory” for dissident republicans, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges relating to possessing explosives and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

Nineteen year old Orla O’Hanlon, denied the offences at an arraignment hearing in Newry Crown Court on Tuesday where she appeared alongside her co-accused, boyfriend Keith McConnan.

The couple were charged after police seized items during a raid of a house on Tievecrom Road, Forkhill in December 2013. They are accused of possessing bomb parts including a mobile phone-operated switch unit.

Twenty year-old McConnan, who faces the same charges, was unable to enter a plea due to a mix-up with his legal representative who did not attend.  McConnan’s arraignment was subsequently adjourned to Thursday, when a trial date is expected to be set for the co-accused.

O’Hanlon, now with an address on the Church Road in Forkhill, was released on continuing bail of £25,000 while McConnan was remanded back into custody in Hydebank prison.