Glenvarna man pleads guilty to explosives charge

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A GLENGORMLEY man is to be sentenced next month for leaving a pipe bomb at the home of a 64-year-old cross community worker.

Francis McNally was jailed after pleading guilty to a pipe bomb attack on the north Belfast home of pensioner, Mary Kelly.

The 24-year-old who gave an address at Glenvarna Drive will be sentenced on February 22.

Mrs Kelly, a cross-community worker has been awarded a number of accolades for her work including a Pride of Britain Award.

Her Glandore Avenue home was attacked by loyalists three times between April and June 2010.

On one occasion a pipe bomb partially exploded on a windowsill at her house causing extensive damage.

At the time Mrs Kelly said she had no idea who was behind the attacks and appealed to those responsible to come forward to engage in talks.

McNally, who it is thought was originally from the New Lodge estate but had been living in Glengormley, was forensically linked to the pipe bomb attack.

He pleaded guilty to possession of explosives with intent to endanger life and was remanded in custody to Maghaberry Prison while pre-sentence reports are complied ahead of the February 22 sentencing.