MASSEREENE BARRACKS DOUBLE MURDER ACCUSED GOES ON TRIAL AGAIN

Brian Shivers stands trial agains for the Massereene barracks murders

Brian Shivers stands trial agains for the Massereene barracks murders

A MAN accused of murdering two soldiers at Massereene Barracks has gone on trial again.

Brian Shivers is charged with killing Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar at the Co Antrim army base in March 2009.

The 47-year-old, from Magherfelt, Co Derry, denies murder and six counts of attempted murder.

The soldiers – 23-year-old Quinsey and 21-year-old Azimkar – were gunned down by the Real IRA as they collected pizza at the gates of Massereene just hours before they were due to be deployed to Afghanistan.

Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery men cheated death in the Real IRA attack.

As the diplock trial opened at Belfast Crown Court on Monday, CCTV footage was played showing two gunmen open fire at five soldiers who frantically sought cover.

Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey shot dead by the Real IRA

Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey shot dead by the Real IRA

Prosecuting counsel Terry Mooney QC said the attack was planned well in advance.

A total of 65 bullets were fired at the “defenceless” soldiers who were targeted individually.

The gunmen casually reloaded and continued to fire at the helpless victims as they lay on the ground.

This, the prosecution said, was an attempt at mass murder.

The prosecution allege that Shivers’ DNA was found in the getaway car, a Vauxhall Cavalier.

It was to have been burned out following the attack but a fire failed to ignite inside because of a lack of oxygen.

The trial continues.

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