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Judge: Actions of bomb plotters 'incomprehensible'

Sentencing the two men who sent parcel bombs to Celtic manager Neil Lennon, trial judge Lord Turnbull said their actions were "incomprehensible".

Trevor Muirhead and Neil McKenzie were convicted last month following a five-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

The jury heard that McKenzie told police he learned how to make a hoax bomb after seeing it on the 1980s TV show The A-Team. Giving evidence during the trial, Lennon said he was left "very disturbed" after finding out he had been targeted.

The assault plot centred on four suspicious packages, all of them non-viable, which were discovered last spring.

A second device sent to Lennon at Celtic's training ground in Lennoxtown, was intercepted at a sorting office in Kirkintilloch last year when a postman spotted a nail protruding from it.

Celtic manager bomb plotters jailed

Neil Lennon Credit: Reuters

Two men who sent parcel bombs to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and other high-profile fans of the club have been jailed for five years each.

Trevor Muirhead, 44, and Neil McKenzie, 42, both from Ayrshire in Scotland, plotted to assault Lennon, former MSP Trish Godman and the late QC Paul McBride, as well as people at the republican organisation Cairde Na hEireann, by sending devices they thought could explode and cause severe injury.

They were sentenced to five years each for the charge at the High Court in Glasgow. Both were originally accused of a more serious charge of conspiring to murder their targets but it was thrown out a day before the trial concluded due to insufficient evidence.

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'Parcel bomb' pair sentence due

Neil McKenzie, convicted of sending a parcel bomb to Celtic manager Neil Lennon Credit: Press Association

Trevor Muirhead and Neil McKenzie were convicted of conspiring to assault Celtic manager Neil Lennon and other high-profile supporters of the club in a parcel bomb plot at the High Court in Glasgow on the 30th of March.

Trevor Muirhead, convicted for sending a parcel bomb to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and other high profile supporters of the club Credit: Press Association

The men were convicted by a jury following a five-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

They will be sentenced at the same court today by trial judge Lord Turnbull.

Sir Ian Botham begins charity walk

Sir Ian Botham holds Rebecca Foley and Ben Magee as he starts the first leg of his charity walk. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has joined former Sir Ian Botham today on the first leg of a charity walk in support of blood cancer research.

Sir Ian, nicknamed Beefy, will walk about 160 miles in and around cities across Britain over the next 10 days for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

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