Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Neil Lennon murder plot accused 'told how to make a 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 has 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 thingummy how to build a bomb”.

McKenzie (42) is one of two men who deny conspiring to murder Lurgan-born Lennon, ex-MSP Trish Godman and the late Paul McBride QC in an explosives plot, as well as people in the premises of an Irish republican group.

The jury at the High Court in Glasgow was yesterday played extracts recorded on May 4, 2011 by a bugging device covertly planted in McKenzie's car.

The court was also played an extract in which a man was heard saying he hoped Lennon would kill himself.

The tape ran: “I hope Motherwell win the f****** cup. I hope we win the league and they win the cup, and they f*****s get nothing, and Neil Lennon kills... commits suicide.”

The identity of that speaker has not been agreed.

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph