Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

DNA ‘links accused’ to bomb blast, court is told

A court has been told that tests on two mobile phones seized after a bomb attack on a police station in Londonderry have revealed a full DNA profile.

The comments were made by a prosecution lawyer at the bail hearing of Philip O'Donnell (42) of Baldrick Crescent, Derry, who is charged with bombing Strand Road station on August 3.

One of the phones was used to call taxis and the other to claim responsibility, the lawyer told at Derry magistrates’ court. He said the DNA profile linked the phones to the defendant.

He also said that six officers had identified the defendant in CCTV footage.

O'Donnell will appear again by videolink on January 6.

Defence lawyer Paddy MacDermott said the case was proceeding at a good pace and hoped that would continue.

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