Co Derry man acquitted of murdering two British soldiers at Massareene Barracks

shivers1Brian Shivers has been found not guilty of the Real IRA murder of two soldiers in 2009.

He was acquitted in at Belfast Crown Court of murdering two British soldiers at Massereene barracks this afternoon.

Sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, from Birmingham, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, from London, were shot at Massereene army base, Antrim, on 7 March.

They had ordered pizza and left the base to collect it at about 21:20 GMT when they were attacked by two gunmen.

47 year old Shivers was cleared of all charges.

Brian Shivers had previously been convicted of the murders, but in January, the Court of Appeal in Belfast ordered a retiral after ruling that the convictions were unsafe.

At the time, his defence counsel claimed that a new trial would represent an “abuse of process”.

But the judges rejected the defence submission, insisting that their decision to quash the original convictions was founded on issues relating to judicial direction.