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Men Jailed For Sending Bombs To Celtic Boss
Two men have been jailed for five years each for sending nail bombs to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and high-profile Celtic supporters.
Neil McKenzie and Trevor Muirhead were convicted of conspiracy to assault after Jiffy bags containing bottles of potentially explosive liquid, a timer and dozens of nails were sent through the post.
In sentencing at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Turnbull said: "You are both good hard working men with stable and supportive families.
"It is incomprehensible why you did what you did....I cannot fathom what was going through your minds."
The trial heard how Muirhead, 44, and McKenzie, 42, from North Ayrshire, posted what they believed to be explosive devices, intending to cause injury.
During the five-week trial the jury heard how in March last year they conspired to assault Lennon, former MSP Trish Godman and the late Paul McBride QC.
Five suspicious packages containing nails and "electronic devices", were intercepted.
Two parcels were addressed to Lennon, but were intercepted by Royal Mail staff; as were the parcels sent to Mr McBride, an open supporter of Celtic Football Club, and the Friends of Ireland organisation.
A parcel sent to Ms Godman was intercepted by a member of staff at her constituency office.
The jury heard how none of the devices were viable but the prosecution said both the accused believed four of them were capable of exploding.
Muirhead, from Kilwinning, and McKenzie, from Saltcoats, denied the charges throughout the trial.
The pair were originally accused of conspiring to murder but the charge was thrown out due to insufficient evidence.
McKenzie was also sentenced to 18 months, which will run at the same time as his five-year sentence, after being found guilty of a separate charge of posting a hoax bomb to Lennon at Celtic Park to make him believe it was likely to explode.
Muirhead was cleared of the charge with a not proven verdict.
Giving evidence during the trial, Lennon said he was left "very disturbed" after finding out he had been targeted.
what do you think?
It sounds like they got off lightly! Being convicted of conspiracy to assault rather than conspiracy to murder has got them a lesser jail sentence. Even though the devices were not viable, it doesn't seem like a long enough sentence to me.
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Not much in the way of xenophobic, ignorant, hateful comments posted. But then it doesn't involve Muslims . . . . . . .
They believed it would kill or seriously injure. Attempted murder should therefore be the charge
Do not think they thought that. When interviewed they stated it was not meant to injure so your talking rubbish. Five years for a bomb hoax is probably about right as it was not a viable device. Pair of immature clowns who will now regret what they did.
They posted what they believed to be explosive devices meant to injure. I think its a bit more than assault!
stupid people who thoroughly deserve every day of their sentence. Police have better things to do dealing with terrorism than sectarian based bigotry in football in extreme depths of these fools