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Neil Lennon bomb trial officer admits "inaccuracies"

Neil Lennon, Trish Godman and Paul McBride QC
Image caption Neil Lennon, Trish Godman and Paul McBride were all sent suspect packages

A surveillance officer who listened in on a man accused of trying to kill Neil Lennon has admitted being "inaccurate" in identifying who had spoken.

The detective listened to material recorded by a secret bugging device in the car of Neil McKenzie.

Her previous evidence identified Mr McKenzie's voice on the recording.

But QC Donald Findlay, defending, said there were "quite absolutely two different voices", to which the officer replied: "It sounds like it".

Mr McKenzie and Trevor Muirhead deny conspiring to murder Celtic manager Mr Lennon, QC Paul McBride and former MSP Trish Godman in May 2011.

The bugging device picked up a conversation mentioning a bomb, and a tape of this was played to jurors at Glasgow's High Court.

In the tape, a male voice was heard to say: "I told thingummy how to build a bomb."

The officer told the court she had identified the speaker as Mr McKenzie.

But under cross-examination from Donald Findlay QC, who is representing Mr McKenzie, she said there were two speakers.

Mr Findlay said it was "absolutely clear that more than one person is speaking" and the witness, who police have requested is not identified, replied: "I didn't believe so."

The lawyer later put it to the officer: "All of those words can't be said by one person."

The officer said in response: "It is inaccurate, yes. I picked it up wrongly."

Mr Findlay suggested that the recording "may not have been said by the subject at all" and the officer replied: "In my opinion, it was the subject I heard."

Mr Findlay continued: "So, if the subject didn't say all of these things, how do we know he said any of them at all? Or, with respect, how do we know that your opinion of who is speaking is of any great value?"

She replied: "I can't comment on that."

McKenzie and Muirhead face an alternative charge of conspiring to cause an explosion of a nature "likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property".

They both deny all the charges.

The trial, before Lord Turnbull, continues.

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