A DISSIDENT republican who has admitted having a loaded gun when a car was stopped by police in Co Tyrone was refused bail yesterday.

The Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver.

Martin McLoone (24), whose address was given as C/O Maghaberry Prison, is due to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to possessing the Wembley revolver and 33 bullets with intent to endanger life in October 2010. A prosecuting- lawyer told Judge David McFarland how the gun was uncovered in a car which was stopped and searched by police in a forest near Gortin, outside Omagh. There were two men in the front seats of the Ford Fiesta and McLoone was found hiding beside another man under a sleeping bag in the flattened back seats. A sledge hammer was also uncovered in a nearby car. Kieran Mallon QC, defending said McLoone was ” fully appreciative ” of the fact he would be returned to jail when he is sentenced, given the five-year minimum term for possessing a gun. Refusing the bail application, Judge McFarland said unlike other cases McLoone was a convicted prisoner ” on his own admissions “. ” I’m not going to get into the issue of sentencing but I can see no reason at all why he should be released,” he said.



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