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Man given 11 years for bomb attack on Crossmaglen PSNI base

A man has been jailed in the Republic for 11 years after admitting conspiring to cause an explosion outside a police station in Northern Ireland.

David Murphy last month pleaded guilty to “unlawfully or maliciously” conspiring with others to cause an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious harm to people or property.

The 30-year-old father-of-two, with an address at Ashling Park, Cox's Demesne, Dundalk, Co Louth, was charged with the offence last May, following the attempted car bombing outside Crossmaglen police station in south Armagh on April 3, 2010.

A man who telephoned the Samaritans in Newry around the same time said a bomb had been left outside the police station.

A bomb disposal expert who examined the car saw two gas cylinders, wiring and a car battery in the car. Following a controlled explosion the device was made safe.

Jailing him for 11 years, Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding at the three-judge non-jury court, said that Murphy had pleaded guilty to a very serious offence which attracted a maximum sentence of 20 years.

The judge said that the correct sentence was 11 years’ imprisonment.

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