Gun deal accused bailed


28 July 2007
Ivan McMichael

A man allegedly involved in gun-running for dissident republicans was released on bail yesterday after spending a year in custody.  It was the seventh time the case of Desmond Kearns, 42, had come before the High Court in Belfast. 
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Accused gets bail in Real IRA arms case


28 July 2007
The Irish News
Allison Morris

A man from Co Armagh charged with trying to procure weapons for the Real IRA was granted bail yesterday after police were forced to admit that recorded evidence central to the case had been rendered useless.

Desmond Kearns of Tannaghmore Green in Lurgan has been on remand in Maghaberry prison since June last year facing charges of conspiring to possess weapons for the republican group.

Police strongly opposed bail in the past. However, the prosecution told a court yesterday the police now had no issue with the 42-year-old being released pending trial following a "change of circumstances".
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