MONAGHAN MAN CLEARED ON OMAGH BOMB CHARGE

4 March 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

A YOUNG Co. Monaghan man, who has already spent two years in custody for alleged involvement in the Omagh bombing   in 1998, was cleared of the charges and walked free—to be warmly greeted by members of his family and a huge circle of friends—after a court sitting in the North on Tuesday.

The charges against Seamus Daly, 45, formerly of Culloville, Castleblayney, but with an address at Regina Park, Jonesboro, in South Armagh, were withdrawn in court because of insufficient evidence, and Mr. Daly, who was not brought to the court for Tuesday’s sitting, was released from Maghaberry Prison.

The withdrawal of the charges followed a number of serious inconsistencies in the case, including evidence from the cross-examination of a witness from the Republic, previously called to give evidence .

Reporting restrictions were imposed in relation to preliminary hearings and the early hearings were presided over by Judge Bernie Kelly but, in a departure from the norm, a hearing prior to the withdrawal of the case, was conducted by Judge Liam McNally.

RELEASE CAMPAIGN STATEMENT

A statement issued last week by the Release Seamus Daly Campaign group said hearsay evidence was very low-grade evidence and indicated a serious weakness in the prosecution case against Mr. Daly.

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