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Accused 'told how to make bomb'

A man accused of plotting to kill Celtic manager Neil Lennon in a parcel bomb plot was secretly recorded saying he had told someone how to make a bomb, a court heard.

During a conversation about gas canisters and a padlock, the man identified by a Strathclyde Police surveillance officer as Neil McKenzie said he "was telling thingumy how to build a bomb".

McKenzie, 42, is one of two men accused of conspiring to murder Lennon, ex-MSP Trish Godman and the late Paul McBride QC in an explosives plot, as well as various people in the premises of Irish Republican organisation Cairde na hEireann.

It is alleged he and co-accused Trevor Muirhead, 43, sent improvised explosive devices to them between March 1 and April 15 last year, and it is also alleged they believed the devices were capable of exploding.

The pair face an alternative charge of conspiring to cause an explosion of a nature "likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property".

They deny all charges.

The jury at the High Court in Glasgow was played extracts recorded by a bugging device covertly planted in McKenzie's car.

The court was told it had been authorised by Strathclyde Police Chief Constable Stephen House at the end of April last year.

The recording, which was made on May 4, 2011, was played to the court.

A surveillance officer, who police have asked not to identify for operational reasons, said it was "immediately" of interest to officers.

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