Furious families of victims have slammed provincial police and called for an inquiry a day after the acquittal of a man charged with the worst terror attack in Northern Ireland history. Sean Hoey was cleared of 56 counts of murder and terrorist charges stemming from the 1998 Omagh bombing. The trial judge blasted the police for "reprehensible" conduct and a "slapdash approach" that produced unreliable DNA evidence, writes the Telegraph.
A 500-pound car bomb detonated on a busy Omagh street in the carnage, killing 29 and injuring 220. So far only one man, Hoey's uncle, has been convicted for the attack, and his conviction was overturned on appeal. "This case has been a disgrace by any standards," said a father who lost his son in the attack.