22/01/2002

Man found guilty of conspiring to cause Omagh Real IRA bomb

Dublin’s Special Criminal Court has found the only person charged in connection with the Omagh bombing guilty.

Colm Murphy, 49, was found guilty of conspiring to cause the Omagh bomb by three judges sitting without a jury on Tuesday, January 23.

Murphy is the only person to be charged in connection with the Real IRA bomb which exploded in Omagh on August 15, 1998 killing 29 people including two unborn children. The Real IRA attack is considered to be the worst atrocity in 30 years of sectarian strife in Northern Ireland.

During Mr Murphy’s 25-day trial, the prosecution launched a two-pronged attack in order to convince the judges of Mr Murphy culpability. On the first count, mobile phone evidence and secondly, admissions Mr Murphy made whilst in Gardaí custody.

Despite a ruling which discredited evidence submitted by two detectives against Mr Murphy, presiding judge, Mr Justice Robert Barr decided that admissions made by Mr Murphy whilst in custody were “crucial” to the case and had a “firm ring of truth”.

Mr Murphy is to be sentenced at a later date. (AMcE)

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