Sean Hoey found not guilty

The only person put before a British court for the Omagh bomb has been found not guilty. In his judgement, Justice Weir accused the police of “deliberate and calculated deception” and trial transcripts have been forwarded to the Police Ombudsman. The DNA evidence that was central to the case was rejected (from reports so far it is unclear on whether this was because of risk of cross-contamination, the technique used or both).

Outside the court the father of one Omagh bomb victim speaking outside the court singled out Sir Ronnie Flanagan, presently Chief Inspector of Constabulary and former Chief Constable of the PSNI and RUC, for particular critcism. Following a damning Police Ombudsman report into the original Omagh bomb investigation he had declared he would “publicly commit suicide” if he thought the claims were true.