Local man admits to possession of explosives

Local man admits to possession of explosives

The son of a man who was convicted of the 1998 Omagh bombing but later cleared in a retrial, has admitted to the possession of explosives at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

Conan Murphy (30), with an address at Plaster, Mount Pleasant, Dundalk, Co Louth, pleaded guilty yesterday to the possession of explosive substances at Aghaboys, Mount Pleasant on May 22 2010.

He is the son of Colm Murphy, who was convicted of the Real IRA bombing of Omagh which killed 29 people but later cleared in a retrial following a successful appeal.

Colm Murphy was also one of four men found by a civil court to be liable for the Omagh bombing. He was found liable by Belfast High Court in 2013 after a successful appeal and re-trial.

This was to be Conan Murphy’s second trial on the offence. In 2012 the Special Criminal Court found him guilty of the possession of the explosive substances at Aghaboys and sentenced him to eight-and-a-half years imprisonment.

He successfully appealed that conviction last year and a retrial was ordered by the Court of Appeal.

Following his admissions on Wednesday Murphy was remanded in custody for sentencing to November 25th when it was indicated that a further count of membership of an unlawful organisation will also be dealt with.

Also yesterday, Philip McKevitt (63) of Aghaboys, Mount Pleasant, Dundalk, Co Louth, pleaded not guilty to the possession of explosive substances at the same address on May 22nd, 2010.

Categories: Crime, Local news

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