Calls for acquittal in Omagh trial over ‘lack of evidence’

Counsel for Colm Murphy, who is accused of conspiracy in relation to the 1998 Omagh bomb which killed 29 people and injured more than 300 has applied for a direction that his client should be acquitted.

Michael O’Higgins SC, submitted to the Special Criminal Court in Dublin that his client should be acquitted because of the lack of evidence against him.

The application came on the 19th day of Murphy’s trial after the State case concluded. Murphy , a 57-year-old native of Co Armagh, with an address at Jordan’s Corner, Ravensdale, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with another person to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the State or elsewhere between August 13th and 16th, 1998.

The trial will continue on Tuesday.