Saturday 25 March 2017

€50,000 wasted on Omagh bombing prosecution

At least £40,000 (€50,000) has been wasted on a failed prosecution against a man accused of the Omagh bombing. Photo: PA Wire
At least £40,000 (€50,000) has been wasted on a failed prosecution against a man accused of the Omagh bombing. Photo: PA Wire

Adrian Rutherford

At least £40,000 (€50,000) has been wasted on a failed prosecution against a man accused of the Omagh bombing.

Seamus Daly walked free from court last month after the Public Prosecution Service withdrew the case. Daly had been charged with murdering 29 people in the single biggest atrocity of the Troubles.

However, the case collapsed before it even reached trial amid concerns over the reliability of the prosecution's star witness.

It is understood the costs incurred by the PPS have topped £40,000. It does not include Daly's legal costs, which are likely to run to tens of thousands of pounds.

TUV leader Jim Allister said the public had been left to foot the bill for a case which delivered nothing: "What concerns me most is that there was no return whatsoever on this expenditure. It's hard to see that it was well spent when it resulted in no product whatsoever."

Irish Independent

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