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Last Updated: Friday, 3 November 2006, 11:48 GMT
Man faces shop fire attack charge
Police car outside the Laganside Courts complex
The man appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court
A 39-year-old man has appeared in court charged in connection with firebomb attacks at two shopping centres in Newtownards and south Belfast.

Martin Gerard Rafferty, from Fairyknowe Park, Newtownabbey, is accused of planting an incendiary device in Dunnes Stores, Forestside, during Easter 2005.

He is also charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life at Ards Shopping Centre on Easter Monday.

He was remanded in custody to appear again by video link on 1 December.

A detective sergeant had told Belfast Magistrates Court that he believed he could connect the accused, a self-employed sandwich bar owner, to the charges.

He was told he could apply for bail in the High Court.

Mark Worthington reports from Belfast Crown Court

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