Lennon plot suspect ‘told how to make bomb’

A man accused of plotting to kill Celtic manager Neil Lennon in a parcel bomb plot was secretly recorded saying he had told someone how to make a bomb, a court heard.

During a conversation about gas canisters and a padlock, the man identified by a Strathclyde Police surveillance officer as Neil McKenzie said he “was telling thingumy how to build a bomb”.

McKenzie, 42, is one of two men accused of conspiring to murder Lennon, ex-MSP Trish Godman and the late Paul McBride QC in an explosives plot, as well as various people in the premises of Irish Republican organisation Cairde na hÉireann.

It is alleged he and co-accused Trevor Muirhead, 43, sent improvised explosive devices to them between March 1 and April 15 last year, and it is also alleged they believed the devices were capable of exploding. They deny all charges. The jury was played extracts recorded by a bugging device planted in McKenzie’s car.

In the recording, a man could be heard to say: “Looking for somewhere to get gas. F****** cannae. Pass it over the back. F****** daft padlock.

“I was telling thingumy how to build a bomb.You all right, doll?”

The jury was also played a clip in which a man, again identified as McKenzie, relays a joke sent to him referencing the parcel bombs sent to the Celtic manager. He was heard to say: “Osama bin Laden has died. He actually opened a parcel addressed to Neil Lennon.”

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