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Lennon 'plot' trial shown package

A jury in the trial of two men accused of plotting to murder Neil Lennon have been shown pictures of the contents of a suspicious package addressed to the Celtic manager.

Trevor Muirhead, 43, and Neil McKenzie, 42, deny conspiring to kill Lennon and other high profile supporters of the club, including 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 they believed was an improvised explosive device, capable of igniting and exploding and of causing severe injury and death to another person.

It is further alleged the package, sent to Lennon at Celtic FC's training centre in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, contained a plastic bottle containing the substance tri-acetone tri-peroxide with a wire attached and a plastic bag containing a bag of nails and a watch component.

Muirhead, from Kilwinning in Ayrshire, and McKenzie, from Saltcoats, Ayrshire, are also charged with sending similar devices to Ms Godman, at an address in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, and to Cairde Na Heireann.

It is alleged the package sent to Mr McBride at Advocate's Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh, comprised a plastic bottle containing petrol, with a wire attached, a plastic glove, nails and a watch component.

They are accused of sending the devices with the intention that the contents would ignite and explode when opened, causing severe injury and death to the recipients. The two men face an alternative charge that they sent a package to Lennon at Celtic Park on March 3 or 4, intending him to think it was likely to "explode or ignite".

At the trial, which started at the High Court in Glasgow, Royal Mail postman Andrew Brown, 27, told how he became suspicious of a package he picked up from a post box on Gladstone Road, Saltcoats, on Friday March 4 last year. He said something about the brown envelope, addressed to Lennon at Celtic Park, Glasgow, "didn't feel right".

Police were called and the building was evacuated as specialist officers from Springburn Police Office were drafted in to inspect the package.

The jury of 11 women and four men were shown the components: a quantity of a dark resinous substance with two nails embedded in it, a white digital device with a clock face, a black wire which was said to be attached to the seal of the envelope and the resinous substance and a quantity of nails. The court heard that the suspicious package was later found to be a "hoax nail bomb" and it was deemed safe to return to the post office.


From Belfast Telegraph