Ruling due in Omagh bomb appeal

Colm Murphy was sentenced to 14 years in jail

An Irish court is due to rule in an appeal by the only person convicted in connection with the Omagh bombing.

Colm Murphy, 51, from Dundalk, County Louth, is claiming his 14-year prison sentence is unsafe and unsound.

He was convicted in January 2002 of conspiring to cause an explosion. The blast in the County Tyrone town killed 29 people in August 1998.

Two gardai involved in Murphy's case have been charged with perjury and are due at Dublin District Court.

The Omagh bombing, which was later admitted by the dissident republican Real IRA, was the worst single atrocity in 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland.

Twenty-nine people died in Omagh bombing in August 1998

The Court of Criminal Appeal in Dublin reserved its judgement in Murphy's case last month, but is due to rule on Friday.

During the hearing, a legal team for the Irish state said admissions by Murphy to gardai were "powerfully supported and corroborated by telephone evidence".

The prosecution argued that there was no legal basis for claiming that alleged wrongdoing by one member of an investigation team invalidated an entire inquiry.

The Court of Criminal Appeal now has a number of options which include approving the verdict, ordering a re-trial or an acquittal.

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