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Lawyer denounces 'miscarriage of justice' that saw Brian Shivers jailed for sapper murders

Life term of imprisonment would have seen him die in prison

Brian Shivers' solicitor has denounced the "miscarriage of justice" that saw him convicted at the original trial.

Lawyer Niall Murphy, standing alongside Brian Shivers after he was acquitted of the murders of two British army sappers in Antrim, said it the verdict was "not a moment of celebration".

Speaking outside Belfast Crown Court, he said: "It must be remembered that there are two families still grieving and several people who are still suffering from their injuries.

"That said, Brian Shivers has suffered the horror of having been wrongfully convicted in what now must be described as a miscarriage of justice.

"He was convicted of the most serious charges in the criminal calendar.

"He was sentenced to a life term of imprisonment which would have seen him die in prison.

"He is a seriously ill man and when he was in prison he was persistently denied access to medication and access to medical facilities."

The lawyer said the original conviction was overturned on a "narrow legal basis".

"But it was only during his retrial that important new material was disclosed which completely undermined the case against him," added Mr Murphy.

"This failed prosecution, another failed prosecution, is a cautionary tale against the reliance upon tenuous scientific evidence in high profile criminal cases. "

After the lawyer's remarks Mr Shivers spoke only briefly to thank his legal team.

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