Northern Ireland

Sharon Rafferty admits Tyrone dissident training camp charges

Sharon Rafferty
Image caption Sharon Rafferty being escorted from court following an earlier appearance

A woman from County Tyrone has pleaded guilty to three charges linked with the discovery of a dissident republican training camp.

It was found at Fourmil Wood, on the outskirts of Omagh, County Tyrone, in March 2012.

Sharon Rafferty, 38, from Cabhan Aluinn, Pomeroy, initially denied the charges but admitted them after being re-arraigned at Belfast Crown Court.

She will be sentenced with three other fellow accused on 1 July.

They are Sean Kelly, 48, from Duneane Crescent, in Toomebridge, and brothers Terrence Aiden Coney, 35, from Malabhui Road, Carrickmore, and 36-year-old Gavin Joseph Coney, from Gorticashel Road, Omagh.

Rafferty was the last of the defendants to plead guilty to charges relating to the discovery of a firing range in County Tyrone woodland.

She admitted possessing a .22 Walther rifle and ammunition in suspicious circumstances on 30 March, 2012, and also attending a place used for terrorist training on the same date.

She also pleaded guilty when charged with preparing or helping others in the preparation of an improvised firing range.

Rafferty also faced two other charges, including one for being a member of the IRA. However, prosecutors asked that these charges be left on the books.

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