02 September 2005

Omagh suspect is to stand trial


A court artist's drawing of Sean Gerard Hoey

Omagh bomb suspect Sean Hoey has been committed for trial for the murders of the 29 people killed in the 1998 Real IRA atrocity.

Mr Hoey, 36, of Molly Road, Jonesborough, denies the charges and others connected to more Real IRA attacks including one in 2001.

Belfast magistrate Desmond Perry said the south Armagh man had a case to answer on 58 charges.

He dismissed three others. A date for the trial has not yet been set.

The charges which were dismissed were connected to an attack in west Belfast.

"The Crown invited me to look at the cumulative effect of the huge quantity of evidence that the defendant was the man who manufactured these 14 devices, the most devastating of which decimated the centre of Omagh and resulted in the tragic deaths of 29 innocent people," the magistrate said.

"I am satisfied there is a case to answer."

Mr Hoey stood expressionless in the dock and shook his head mouthing the word "no" when asked if he had anything to say.

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