A serving member of the Irish Defence Forces has pleaded guilty to possessing explosive substances at an apartment in Burnfoot.

Irish Soldier Mark Cassidy appearing at Letterkenny courthouse.  (NWNewspix)

Irish Soldier Mark Cassidy appearing at Letterkenny courthouse. (NWNewspix)

Mark Cassidy will be sentenced at Letterkenny District Court today after pleading guilty to two charges yesterday.

Cassidy, who is originally from Derry, pleaded guilty to the offenses which took place at Grianan Vale, Ballyderowen, Burnfoot on February 17th last.

Cassidy pleaded guilty to both possessing shotgun cartridges without a firearms certificate and also possession of an explosive substance, namely an improvised explosive device.

Cassidy, who is in his late 20s, has been in custody since being arrested by Gardai in a swoop on the address in Burnfoot.

An early court appearance heard how Cassidy holds the rank of ‘private’ in the Defence Forces but is currently in disability benefit.

Barrister Peter Nolan said his client wanted the matters to be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Judge Matthew Deery put the case in for today for sentence.




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