Northern Ireland

Derry man admits 200lb Strand Road car bomb charges

Police at bomb scene
Image caption A number of businesses were damaged in the explosion

A 43-year-old Londonderry man has admitted a car bomb attack at the city's Strand Road PSNI Station.

No-one was injured in the August 2010 bombing, claimed by dissident republicans Oglaigh na hEireann, but several businesses were badly damaged.

Philip O'Donnell, of Baldrick Crescent, pleaded guilty to causing an explosion likely to endanger life.

O'Donnell also admitted hijacking the taxi containing the 200lb device and falsely imprisoning the taxi driver.

Further charges he pleaded guilty to were belonging to or "professing to belong" to Oglaigh na hEireann and two further charges of attempted hijacking in the two days before the attack.

At Belfast Crown Court, Judge Tom Burgess adjourned passing sentence until pre-sentence probation reports have been compiled and also until the case against O'Donnell's co-accused is completed.

Martin McLoone, 23, from Abercorn Road in Derry, is in custody awaiting trial as he maintains his not guilty pleas to the charges.

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