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Action movie blamed for bomb fascination, court hears

Newry courthouse
The court in Newry heard Mr Gordon had bomb information on his phone

A man charged with having bomb-making information was curious after watching an action film, a court has heard.

Patrick Malachy Gordon, 21, of Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh, was charged with possessing documents likely to be of use to terrorists.

Newry Magistrates Court heard police retrieved two deleted files from his iPhone on how to make a bomb and a diagram of an improvised firearm.

He was remanded in custody to appear again via videolink next month.

During a police search of his home, a handwritten list of ingredients for a bomb was found under his bed.

A detective constable told the court Mr Gordon blamed his apparent fascination on an action film starring actor Mark Wahlberg.

It would be a lot more serious if he was found with the names and addresses of people in the security services but he was not
Defence solicitor

"His explanation was that he watched a film called The Shooter about making a bomb and that's why he got the information," he said.

However, when quizzed further, Mr Gordon would not elaborate, the officer said.

"There were three documents leading to three separate charges. All happened at different times and police believe it shows a propensity to commit these offences again," the detective constable said.

A defence solicitor said Mr Gordon was looking at the sites out of "curiosity and voyeurism" and there was no malicious intent.

'Immature'

"There was no evidence of any bomb making or that Mr Gordon is a member of an illegal organisation," the solicitor said.

"He was immature and looking at the sites out of curiosity and boredom. He's not a fantasist, not someone who goes into their back garden or garage to make these things himself or with other individuals.

I have to look at the context of someone having that information and what they would use it for
District Judge Rosie Watters

"Mr Gordon accepts fully that he looked at the items on the iPhone and that the note was under his bed," the defence said.

"It would be a lot more serious if he was found with the names and addresses of people in the security services but he was not."

Mr Gordon's father and fiancée, who were at the court hearing, have been left "devastated" by the charges, the defence said.

Refusing bail, district judge Rosie Watters said Mr Gordon had showed a "very keen interest" in the material.

"I have to look at the context of someone having that information and what they would use it for," she said.

Mr Gordon was remanded in custody to appear by videolink to Armagh Magistrates Court on March 9.



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