UK security forces tracked car of alleged IRA man

DUBLIN—A prosecutor says British anti-terror agents placed an electronic surveillance device on a car used by an alleged Irish Republican Army dissident charged with killing a Northern Ireland policeman.

The claim came on Monday’s opening of the murder trial of John Wootton and Brendan McConville.

Both men deny fatally shooting policeman Stephen Carroll through the head in a March 2009 ambush claimed by the Continuity IRA splinter group. Carroll was the first policeman killed in Northern Ireland since 1998, the year of the territory’s peace accord.

State prosecutor Ciaran Murphy told Belfast Crown Court that police could connect both defendants to the killing partly because a tracking device hidden in Wootton’s car placed him at the scene of the attack.

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