A former Royal Marine has been jailed for 18 years after being convicted of supplying bombs to Irish republican dissidents.
Ciaran Maxwell stashed weaponry – anti-personnel mines, ammunition, mortars, and a series of pipe bombs – in a total of eight locations across Northern Ireland and England. Four of the pipe bombs were later used.
The 31-year-old from Country Antrim pleaded guilty to preparing terrorist acts between January 2011 to August 2016, possessing cannabis with intent to supply, and possessing images of bank cards for fraud.
Gillian Kearney, detective chief inspector with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said Maxwell had used know-how acquired from the military to accumulate and store the weapons.
She said it was “unusual" that a terrorist had infiltrated the military.
In the sentencing remarks, Mr Justice Sweeney said Maxwell would remain motivated by “dissident republican sympathies” as well as “hostility” to the UK.