Evidence continues at Omagh bombing civil trial

The civil retrial of two men being sued over the Omagh bombing has been hearing transcripts from a police interview with Colm Murphy.

The Dundalk man was questioned by Gardai almost a year after the bombing.

Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly are defending the action taken by some of the relatives of the victims.

Yesterday, a lawyer for the families read from the interview transcripts.

In them, Mr Murphy denied he played any part in the atrocity which claimed the lives of 29 people in 1998.

He said that on the day of the bomb he had taken his son on a quad bike into the mountains outside Dundalk.

He claimed he later went to the bar he owned and stayed there until closing time.

When asked to explain to Gardai how his mobile phone had been used in the Castleblayney and County Tyrone area on 15 August, he said he did not know.

Mr Murphy told Gardai he had never been in Omagh and only found out about the bombing when he watched a newsflash on television on the night of the attack.

The court also heard from a telephone analyst who examined mobile phone records on the day of the bombing.

She said she had looked at mobile phones usage an hour before and one hour after the bomb exploded in the main street.

She is due to be cross-examined by defence counsel acting for the men later today.