Trial of Omagh bomb suspect gets underway in Belfast
Published 25/09/2006 | 11:56
The trial of the only man charged with direct involvement in the Omagh bombing has begun in Belfast this morning.
Thirty-seven-year-old electrician Sean Gerard Hoey is facing a total of 58 charges, including 29 counts of murder in relation to the 1998 bomb attack in Co Tyrone.
The prosecution case is that Mr Hoey can be linked by forensic evidence to a series of dissident republican bombs in 1998, including the Omagh attack.
Opening the trial this morning, Senior Counsel Gordon Kerr said there was DNA and fibre evidence, along with similarities in the construction of the bombs and the material used, including a distinctive timer unit.
Mr Hoey's has denied all the charges and his trial is expected to last at least three months.
Some of the victims' relatives are attending the proceedings in Belfast, but others are being given the opportunity to watch via a special video feed in Omagh.