Standing in the dock at Belfast Crown Court, 32-year-old Declan McGlinchey pleaded not guilty to charges that he made and possessed the command-wire improvised explosive device on dates between January 17 and July 3 2006.
McGlinchey, from the Gulladuff Road in Bellaghy, Co Derry, also entered not guilty pleas to making and possessing the bomb under suspicious circumstances.
He was originally charged in October 2006 after the device was uncovered in a disused yard on William Street in Bellaghy on July 2.
A hearing held later that year was told police believed dissident republicans intended to lure officers to the area during an Orange Order parade before exploding the bomb.
Defence lawyer Neil Fox said the case centred around an alleged link between McGlinchey and the actual device, adding that the defence would be employing experts to examine the DNA findings which form the basis of the prosecution case.
Releasing him on continuing bail, Mr Justice Hart set October 5 as a provisional stand-by trial date and listed the case for further review next month.
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I've never met Declan McGlinchey but I do know members of his family and am completely convinced that he is the victim of a frame-up attempt. He has no dealings with politics and is a father to a young family; indeed he was in Bellaghy with his children on the day that the device was found. Hardly the actions of a bomber.
It is my understanding that the basis of the evidence against him is alleged DNA evidence recovered from electrical tape that was stuck to the device. Incredulous as this may seem it bears parallels to the blatant evidence fabrication and tampering that was exposed in the Sean Hoey trial. The original charges against Declan McGlinchey were based on low copy DNA and when the Hoey case exposed the facade of this tenuous 'evidence' the Brits suddenly upgraded the quality of the DNA evidence in the case. How it apparently transformed overnight from low copy DNA to full DNA 'evidence' has yet to be revealed. We might have to wait until the case is thrown out of court to find out.
Essentially, this case is nothing more than peevish and vindictive harassment of Declan McGlinchey and his young family; based on nothing more than his family name. There is no real evidence to link him to the device as he had absolutely nothing to do with it. The British manipulation of this incident as a means of harrassment has placed inhumane and unjust stress and worry upon himself, his wife and young children; particularly when they know and the Brits know that he is completely innocent.