Former Marine Ciaran Maxwell has turned ‘assisting offender (informer)’ to accuse Niall Lehd of involvement in ‘dissident’ republican plot

A FORMER Royal Marine jailed for stockpiling weapons and bomb materials has turned “assisting offender”(tout) to accuse an old so-called school acquaintance of involvement in the dissident republican plot, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors revealed Ciaran Maxwell has made statements alleging Niall Lehd helped source and construct explosives recovered from up to nine different hides in areas around their hometown of Larne, Co Antrim.

Maxwell (32) is currently serving an 18-year prison term after admitting a series of terror-related offences.

His evidence is now being relied on as part of the case against 29-year-old Lehd.

Niall Lehd

Details emerged as Lehd was granted bail on charges of preparing terrorist acts, possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, and possessing documents useful to terrorism.

The alleged offences relate to the discovery of arms dumps in 2016.

Hides constructed out of plastic barrels and buried in the ground contained mines, explosive projectiles, pimp bombs, handguns and ammunition, improvised detonators, timer power units, command wires and command wires.

Police uniforms were also located in the secret storage, the court heard.

A Crown lawyer disclosed Maxwell has provided two statements under the terms of Serious Organised Crime and Police Act in which he claims Lehd aided in amassing the arsenal of weapons.

Maxwell alleges the pair went to the same school, lived in the same estate and met up when he returned on leave from the Royal Marines, the court heard.

According to his account they also constructed component parts ordered from eBay and Amazon.

A judge was told Lehd is allegedly linked to three separate pipe bombing incidents in Carnlough, Co Antrim, north Belfast and Armagh.

“Essentially the prosecution rely on Ciaran Maxwell as an assisting offender in terms of his evidence that Niall Lehd was involved in this offending,” the prosecutor said.
Seamus Lannon, defending, disputed the assertion that the two men went to school together.

With no DNA connecting Lehd to the hides, the barrister suggested Maxwell had pointed the finger at just his client in an attempt to get a reduced sentence.

Vulnerable prisoner

“Is he raising the issue of Niall Lehd because Niall Lehd is a convenient patsy who is no danger to anyone?” the barrister asked.
“We say the credibility of Ciaran Maxwell is shot, and the Crown case here is fundamentally weak.”

Granting bail on strict conditions, Mr Justice McAlinden stressed police must be allowed to examine and search computers or internet-enabled devices at Lehd’s home.

He warned that any evidence of browser histories being cleared will be considered a breach of the release terms.

With many thanks to the: Irish Republican Prisoner News for the original posting.

From Irish News

Ex-Royal Marine Maxwell who supplied arms to dissidents has turned Queen’s Evidence against Niall Lehd who was interned in Maghaberry

Former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell (Met Police/PA)

A former Royal Marine jailed for stockpiling an arsenal of weapons and bomb materials has turned “assisting offender” to accuse an old school acquaintance of involvement in the dissident republican terror plot, the High Court was told.

Prosecutors revealed Ciaran Maxwell has made statements alleging Niall Lehd helped to source and construct explosives recovered from up to nine different hides in areas around their hometown of Larne, Co Antrim.

Maxwell, 32, is currently serving an 18-year prison term after admitting a series of terror-related offences.

Niall Lehd

His evidence is now being relied on as part of the case against 29-year-old Lehd.

Details emerged as Lehd, of Seahill Road in Larne, was granted bail on charges of preparing terrorist acts, possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, and possessing documents useful to terrorism.

The alleged offences relate to the discovery of arms dumps in 2016.

Hides constructed out of plastic barrels and buried in the ground contained mines, explosive projectiles, pimp bombs, handguns and ammunition, improvised detonators, timer power units, command wires and command wires.

Police uniforms were also located in the secret storage, the court heard.

A Crown lawyer disclosed Maxwell has provided two statements under the terms of Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA) in which he claims Lehd aided in amassing the arsenal of weapons.

Maxwell alleges the pair went to the same school, lived in the same estate and met up when he returned on leave from the Royal Marines, the court heard.

According to his account they also constructed component parts ordered from eBay and Amazon.

A judge was told Lehd is allegedly linked to three separate pipe bombing incidents in Carnlough, Co Antrim, north Belfast and Armagh.

“Essentially the prosecution rely on Ciaran Maxwell as an assisting offender in terms of his evidence that Niall Lehd was involved in this offending,” the prosecutor said.

Seamus Lannon, defending, disputed the assertion that the two men went to school together.

With no DNA connecting Lehd to the hides, the barrister suggested Maxell had pointed the finger at just his client in an attempt to get a reduced sentence.

“Is he raising the issue of Niall Lehd because Niall Lehd is a convenient patsy who is no danger to anyone?” the barrister asked.

“We say the credibility of Ciaran Maxwell is shot, and the Crown case here is fundamentally weak.”

Granting bail on strict conditions, Mr Justice McAlinden stressed police must be allowed to examine and search computers or internet-enabled devices at Lehd’s home.

He warned that any evidence of browser histories being cleared will be considered a breach of the release terms.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story

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Interned prisioner Niall Lehd facing North of Ireland terror chages refuses to recognise court

The court heard Ledh is due to be released from prison in March 2019.

A 29-year-old man refused to recognise a magistrates’ court in Northern Ireland as he was charged with a series of terror-related offences.

Niall Lehd, a serving prisoner, refused to stand when asked by District Judge Nigel Broderick at Ballymena Court in Co Antrim on Thursday morning.

He was charged with a number of terror offences relating to two periods of time – including on dates between 2011 and 2013 the intention to commit acts of terrorism, manufacturing explosive devices, the preparation of an act of terrorism and providing information likely to be of use to terrorists; and between dates in 2016, further charges including possession of explosive devices.

The court heard Ledh is due to be released from prison in March 2019.

Dressed in a casual leisure wear type jacket, Lehd nodded to the court clerk from a seated position in the dock when asked whether he understood the charges that had been put to him.

Detective Constable Andrew Allen told the court that he believed he could connect Lehd to the charges.

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A 29-year-old man arrested in the North West area yesterday (18/12) has been charged with a number of terrorism-related offences. He is due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court tomorrow, Thursday 20th December.

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No application for bail was made, and Ledh was remanded in custody to appear again at the court via videolink on January 17.

Lehd was arrested in custody on Wednesday by detectives who are investigating the discovery of weapons in two forest parks and a number of other sites near Larne, Co Antrim.

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Former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell (Met Police/PA)

A dissident republican who infiltrated the British military was last year sentenced to 18 years in prison for supplying and building bombs found at the sites.

Former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs – four of which were later used – in 43 purpose-built hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England, including hauls buried in barrels at Carnfunnock and Capanagh forest parks near Larne.

Maxwell, originally from Larne, was a serving member 40 Commando based at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton, Somerset, at the time of the offences.

He was sentenced at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to preparation of terrorist acts between January 2011 and August 2016, possessing images of bank cards for fraud and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story

Free Niall Lehd – End British Internment in Ireland

120 Days held against his will on the word of MI5 spooks!!

Nialls family have been robbed of a loving father and partner at the behest of the unaccountable faceless mi5 by their pup Secretary of state.
Never stop highlighting Internment! Never relent and Never give in.
We demand that our friend and comrade be released immediately.
Stand up and speak out as it could land to any one of our doors.
We will not be silenced!!!
Today its Niall. Tomorrow it could be you.
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The silence is shocking from the Republican community about Niall Lehd. What if this was your brother? Your cousin ? Your son? Your friend? Then would you speak out ? Raise awareness? Who’s next ??? Regardless what political party they come from Internment is wrong. Niall was taken from his home no other reason for being an Unrepentant Republican by the scummy RUC all under the word of MI5 leaving a young family behind with no charge no evidence no trial and no justice. British justice is no justice. Support Niall lehd. End Internment.

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