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Accused 'knew of Lennon packages'

A man accused of conspiring to murder Neil Lennon in a parcel bomb plot told police he knew that packages were being made up to send to the Celtic manager, a court has heard.

Trevor Muirhead denied making or posting the packages, which he said were supposed to be a "hoax".

Muirhead also told police he "supplied" two bottles of peroxide to someone else, and said: "I don't ask too many questions."

Muirhead, 43, from Kilwinning, and Neil McKenzie, 42, from Saltcoats, both Ayrshire, are alleged to have plotted to kill Lennon, the late Paul McBride QC and former MSP Trish Godman by sending improvised explosive devices to them.

They are also charged with sending similar devices to the premises of Cairde na hEireann, which means "Friends of Ireland", in Glasgow. Both men deny the charges.

Their trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard that Muirhead was interviewed under caution by police on May 12 last year after being detained.

A recording of the interview, which spanned several hours, was played to the jury today.

Jurors heard Muirhead was questioned by Det Con David Thomson and a colleague at Paisley police office.

After several hours of questioning, the accused told the officers: "I knew there was packages getting made up supposed to be as a hoax for Neil Lennon. That was all I knew about it."

He went on: "I don't know how to make them up. I never have made any of them up. I've never posted any of them so I don't know what's inside them, right. I knew they were getting made up and I knew they were getting posted."

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