A man with an address in Co Donegal has appeared in court charged with a bombing in Co Antrim more than 30 years ago.

Businessman Eamonn O'Boyle, 53, of Na Doirí Beaga in Gaoth Dobhair was arrested at Belfast International Airport last night when he flew home from holiday in Spain.

The explosion in November 1990 badly damaged a garage in Randalstown.

The court was told that Mr O'Boyle's car had been stopped by a joint RUC/UDR patrol close to the scene 40 minutes prior to the explosion.

He was in the company of another man, who subsequently pleaded guilty to possessing explosives and was sentenced to 12 years in jail.

Police sought to arrest Mr O'Boyle the following day but he was not at home.

A detective chief inspector told the court it was believed that he had "gone on the run".

Mr O'Boyle was questioned by gardaí about the bombing in January 1994 but made no comment during interview.

The court was told that on the night of the bombing Mr O'Boyle was spotted by a UDR patrol changing clothes in the carpark of a hotel in Toomebridge.

Solicitor Peter Corrigan, of Phoenix Law representing the accused, questioned the validity of the identification evidence and the value of forensic evidence allegedly linking him to the incident.

The court heard explosive traces had been found in his car.

Mr O'Boyle was released on bail of £5,000 and ordered to surrender his passport.

A further condition of bail is that he live at his home address and sign on twice weekly at the garda station in Gaoth Dobhair.

Mr O'Boyle was being held at Musgrave Street PSNI station and appeared at the hearing via videolink.