Two men found guilty of having 167kg of explosives in car


A man’s denial that he knew anything about 167kg of explosives found inside his “heavily laden” car — including detonators sticking out from the passenger seat — has been found to be “totally incredible” by the Special Criminal Court.

Armed gardaí found four bags of explosives in the boot of a black Skoda Fabia car and 18 detonators under the front passenger seat when they stopped the vehicle on the Naas Road, the court has heard.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said on Friday the facts of the case proved that both men were “in joint control” over the substances found in the car and that they were guilty of having the explosives.

John Roche (55), of Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8 and John Brock (46), with an address at Cushlawn ParkTallaght, Dublin 24 had both pleaded not guilty to possession of 57kg of homemade explosives, consisting of ammonium nitrate fuel mix, and thirty-eight 2.5kg rolls of Kemegel industrial explosives at Naas Road, Dublin 12 on April 13th 2016.

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Source: The Irish Times