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Omagh bombing accused 'with son at the time'

A builder accused of being part of the Omagh bomb plot claimed he was quad biking with his son on the day of the atrocity, the High Court heard yesterday.

Colm Murphy also told investigating detectives he had never been in the Co Tyrone town devastated by the 1998 Real IRA attack.

Transcripts of his interviews with gardai disclosed how he could not explain his mobile phone being traced to Omagh that day.

Murphy, a Dundalk-based contractor and publican, is being sued along with former employee Seamus Daly, from Culaville, Co Monaghan, over the bombing which killed 29 people and unborn twins. Both men deny the claim against them.

Brett Lockhart QC, for the plaintiffs, read out transcripts of Murphy's Garda interviews in February 1999.

At one stage he told detectives: “I was never in Omagh in my life. I had no hand, act or part in the Omagh bombing.”

The trial continues.

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