Lennon bomb plot trial jury see text messages

A jury has been shown text messages sent from a mobile phone found at the home of one of two men accused of conspiring to murder Celtic FC manager Neil Lennon and other high-profile supporters of the club.

A jury has been shown text messages sent from a mobile phone found at the home of one of two men accused of conspiring to murder Celtic FC manager Neil Lennon and other high-profile supporters of the club.

Strathclyde Police detective constable Colin McLarnon told the High Court in Glasgow today that he had been tasked with examining mobile phones recovered by inquiry teams.

He was giving evidence at the trial of Trevor Muirhead (aged 43) from Kilwinning, and his co-accused Neil McKenzie (aged 42) from Saltcoats, both Ayrshire.

They are alleged to have plotted to kill Lennon, the late Paul McBride QC and former MSP Trish Godman, as well as various people at the premises of Cairde Na hÉireann in Glasgow.

Both men deny the charges.

The messages, sent from a black and silver Nokia phone recovered at the home of Muirhead in Kilwinning, included one sent on April 15 last year, the same day a suspicious package addressed to Mr McBride was lifted from a postbox on Montgomery Terrace in the town.

Sent to someone listed in the contacts as "Mac", it said: "Not heard anything about it must be on its way m8."

Later that day, another message was sent which told the recipient: "The mob still sniffing about m8."

The following day at 2.56am, another message was sent to the same recipient, which said: "Sorry about the time m8 our package was in Pennyburn last night waiting on navy bomb disposbal."

The text messages were provided in a report, which was produced by Det Con McLarnon, 38, following his examination of the phone.

The court was only shown messages sent from the phone and not those received.

The report also showed a series of texts between April 13 and 14, 2011, all of which were sent to "Mac".

One said "Leave it to me m8 I will sort something out", while another stated: "Don't worry m8 we will get the taig bastard."

On April 20, a message was sent which said: "Check the front page Daily Record m8."

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