Friday, February 10, 2012

Brian Shivers Jailed for a Minimum of 25 Years for the Barracks Murders in Northern Ireland

A 46-year-old man convicted of the murders of two soldiers outside a military barracks in Northern Ireland must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison, a judge has ruled.

Republican Brian Shivers was last month found guilty of killing British sappers Patrick Azimkar, 21, and Mark Quinsey, 23, outside the Massereene army base.

The victims were ambushed by gunmen from the Real IRA at the gates of the barracks in Antrim on March 7, 2009, as they went to collect delivery pizzas.

Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery drivers were injured in the gun attack.

DNA on matchsticks found in the partially burnt-out Vauxhall Cavalier getaway
car used in the ambush and abandoned eight miles away linked Shivers to the murders.

Shivers, 46, from Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, suffers from cystic fibrosis and is expected to only live for another four or five years. Read More