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Neil Lennon kill plot trial jury shown pictures of hoax bomb

Photographs of a “hoax nail bomb” sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon have been shown to a jury in the trial of two men accused of plotting to murder him and other high-profile supporters of the club.

Trevor Muirhead (43) and Neil McKenzie (42) are accused of conspiring to kill Lurgan native Lennon, Trish Godman MSP and lawyer Paul McBride QC, as well as various people in the premises of Irish nationalist group Cairde Na hEireann in Glasgow, by sending improvised explosive devices to them.

The pair are alleged to have sent Lennon a package, addressed to Celtic FC's training centre in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, that they believed was an improvised explosive device, capable of igniting and exploding and of causing severe injury and death to another person.

They face an alternative charge that they sent a package to Lennon at Celtic Park, Glasgow, on March 3 or 4, intending him to think it was likely to “explode or ignite”.

At the High Court in Glasgow yesterday, the jury were shown photographs of two packages addressed to Lennon, one to Celtic Park and the other to the club's training ground.

They were shown photos of the contents of the envelope sent to Celtic Park, but have not yet seen photographs of the contents of the letter addressed to Lennoxtown.

Royal Mail postman Andrew Brown told how he became suspicious of a package he picked up from a post box on Gladstone Road, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, on Friday March 4 last year.

He said something about the envelope, addressed to Lennon at Celtic Park, “didn't feel right” and that there were “sharp edges”.

Both men deny all the charges against them.

The trial continues today.

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