Belfast man linked by fingerprint to explosives find 10 years ago avoids going to prison

A senior PSNI officer has welcomed the conviction of a north Belfast father-of-five who has been handed a suspended sentence after his fingerprint was found on a blast bomb device almost decade ago.

John Paul Magee (39), from Ardoyne, had pleaded guilty to the offences in February. Yesterday he was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He had admitted a single charge of possessing explosives in suspicious circumstances between August 2008 and August 2009.

A Crown prosecutor told Belfast Crown Court that the charge arose from the search of a house in the Ligoniel area of north Belfast on August 18, 2009.

During the police search, a number of items were found in a wheelie bin, including three glass jars wrapped with silver duct tape, nails and screws, and black firework powder.

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Source: Belfast Telegraph Digital