Coalisland terrorism accused arrested by police after missing court date

Coalisland Police Station
Coalisland Police Station

Coalisland man Paul ‘Skunner’ Campbell was arrested by police on Friday after a judge issued a warrant when he failed to turn up for court.

Campbell was due before Judge Meehan at Dungannon Magistrates Court on Wednesday on alleged terrorism charges, but it is understood neither he nor his legal representation appeared.

The 37-year-old had been released on bail under extremely tight conditions in October, despite police objections. A subsequent appeal from the Public Prosecution Service over his bail also failed.

But a High Court judge imposed strict bail conditions, including the wearing of an electronic tag and cash sureties totalling £20,000.

Campbell was also ordered to surrender his passport and was banned from leaving Northern Ireland.

Judge Meehan is understood to have waited until 2pm before issuing a warrant for Campbell’s arrest.

A sworn in court official confirmed he had tried to call the defendant and that he could not be found within the confines of the court.