Belfast Telegraph

Peroxide claim at Lennon plot trial

The son of a man accused of conspiring to murder Celtic manager Neil Lennon and other high-profile supporters of the club was asked to buy peroxide by his father, a court has heard.

Paul Millan, who used to be known as Paul Muirhead, was giving evidence at the trial of his father Trevor Muirhead and co-accused Neil McKenzie.

Muirhead, 43, from Kilwinning, Ayrshire, and McKenzie, 42, from Saltcoats, Ayrshire, are accused of plotting to kill Lennon, former MSP Trish Godman, late QC Paul McBride and various members of the Irish Republican group Cairde Na Heireann in Glasgow by sending improvised explosive devices to them.

The charges, all of which are denied by the two men, are alleged to have taken place between March 1 and May 12 last year.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Millan admitted he had lied in his original police statement when he told officers that he did not know McKenzie. He said he told police at the time he lied because "he didn't want to get dragged in" to the charges his father and McKenzie were facing.

Mr Millan, 23, has a level one qualification in hairdressing, obtained at James Watt College, and holds a trade card with Salon Services, which gives him discounts on hair and beauty products.

He told the court he was contacted by his father to ask him to buy peroxide. Mr Millan said he believed it was for his half-sister Gemma Muirhead, as she "does her friends' hair sometimes".

Mr Millan, who used to live in Kilwinning, said he texted Muirhead on March 18 to let him know he had bought two bottles of peroxide at Salon Services in Kilmarnock. He said he dropped the products off at his father's house in Innerwood Road despite the fact that Ms Muirhead did not live there.

Advocate depute Tim Niven-Smith put it to Mr Millan that Ms Muirhead was allergic to the chemical, to which he replied: "I didn't know that."

Gordon Jackson QC, representing Muirhead, read out part of Mr Millan's police statement, given on May 12, 2011, which said: "My step-sister Gemma Muirhead, who is 16, does hairdressing as well. I think she used to work in a salon in Kilwinning but she had to give it up as the chemicals like peroxide and perm lotion didn't agree with her and made her quite ill."

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