Belfast Telegraph

Pair face Massereene murder trial

Two men accused of the killing of two soldiers at Massereene Army Barracks in Antrim last year are to stand trial in January for the murders.

Colin Duffy, 43, from Lurgan, and Brian Patrick Shivers, 45, from Magherafelt, are charged with shooting dead Sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21.

The decision to send the two men to trial was taken today by Judge George Connor at Coleraine Magistrates Court.

The soldiers from 38 Engineer Regiment were gunned down as they collected a pizza delivery from the front gates, hours before they were due to be deployed to Afghanistan.

The prosecution case against the two defendants is based on DNA evidence found in a partially burnt out getaway car used in the attack.

As well as the murder counts, the pair face six additional charges of attempted murder and one of possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.

The trial is set to begin at Belfast Crown Court on 11 January.

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