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Bomb trial told statement changed
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DCI Philip Greer Marshall admitted statement was "beefed up"
A senior police officer has admitted that a witness statement was "beefed up" at the request of the Omagh bomb inquiry team.

Det Ch Insp Philip Greer Marshall made the admission during the trial of Sean Hoey, of Jonesborough, County Armagh.

He denies 58 charges, including the murder of 29 people in Omagh in 1998.

A scenes of crime officer has admitted fitting details into a statement about the discovery of a mortar bomb in 2001 she had no memory of and no notes of.

They included claims she wore forensic clothing at the scene of the find at Altmore Forest in Dungannon.

It was one of several attacks, including Omagh, Mr Hoey, 37, is charged with.

The statement had been changed at the request of a police officer, DCI Philip Graham Marshall.

It was written after the attack was linked to the Omagh bomb investigation.

DCI Marshall admitted in court that the statement had been "beefed up", and acknowledged it must have been a member of the Omagh bomb inquiry team who asked for that to be done.

Reporting restrictions have been in place since Friday when the judge Mr Justice Weir said he was intending to ask the prosecution if they still felt that the scenes of crime officer, Fiona Cooper was a witness of truth.

Transcripts of both her and DCI Marshall's evidence are being prepared and the judge has asked both the defence and the prosecution to carefully study them over the weekend.

Mr Hoey, who is from Molly Road in Jonesborough, faces 58 charges relating to the murder of 29 people in Omagh in 1998 and more Real IRA attacks.

The trial continues.




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