Belfast Telegraph

Pair face Lennon murder plot charge

Two men are to stand trial accused of conspiring to murder Celtic manager Neil Lennon and high-profile supporters of the club.

Trevor Muirhead, 43, and Neil McKenzie, 42, are accused of plotting to kill Lennon, former MSP Trish Godman, lawyer Paul McBride QC and various people in the premises of Cairde Na Heireann in Glasgow by sending improvised explosive devices to them.

The pair have denied all charges against them as they appeared at Glasgow High Court. They will stand trial on November 21.

The men are accused of sending Lennon a package which they allegedly believed comprised an improvised explosive device, capable of igniting and exploding, causing severe injury and death to another person.

It is alleged that the package, sent to Lennon at the Celtic FC training centre at Lennoxtown, held a plastic bottle containing the explosive substance tri-acetone tri-peroxide with a wire attached and a plastic bag containing a bag of nails and a watch component.

They are charged with sending similar devices to Ms Godman at an address in Bridge of Weir and to Cairde Na Heireann in Glasgow.

It is alleged that the package sent to Mr McBride at Advocates' Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh, comprised a plastic bottle containing petrol, with wire attached, a plastic glove, nails and a watch component.

They are charged with sending the devices with the intention that the contents would ignite and explode when opened, causing severe injury and death to the recipients.

It is alleged the offence, which happened between March 1 and April 15 2011, was aggravated by religious prejudice.

McKenzie, of Saltcoats, Ayrshire, and Muirhead, of Kilwinning, are also charged with sending an item by post to Mr Lennon at Celtic Park on March 3 or 4, intending him to think it was likely to "explode or ignite".

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