Three on terror related offences refused bail

Three men charged with terrorist-related offences after an attack on a house in Derry last week have been refused bail by the High Court.

20 year-old Christopher David Anthony Boas from Robert Street in Derry, is accused of owning items for use in terrorism.

43 year-old Raymond Whitehouse from Thornlea Gardens and his 19 year-old son Jordan face charges including threats to kill.

It is alleged the three forced their way into a house in Hollymount Park on Friday and tried to shoot the occupant.

Windows were smashed in the house and in the car outside.

The three are also charged with aggravated burglary, criminal damage, and possession of an offensive weapon. Mr Boast is also charged with possessing ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

Refusing bail today Mr Justice Hart said whoever was responsible for attacking the house last week had intended to inflict serious harm.

He said he could not grant bail because of the potential risk of further offending and interference with witnesses.

The case was adjourned.

An earlier hearing heard how four masked men forced their way into the home of Sean Johnston at Hollymount Park in the early hours of last Friday morning.

A police witness said the gang left the house, but Mr Johnston, who was hiding in the attic, had phoned the police. The police arrived and chased the gang along Corrody Road.

They arrested three men after their car crashed at Kildoag Road. A fourth escaped across fields.