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Friday, January 20, 2012

Colin Duffy Cleared Of Killing Sapper Patrick Azimkar, 21, and Sapper Mark Quinsey, 23

A high profile dissident republican has been found not guilty of murdering two British soldiers in Northern Ireland.

Colin Duffy, from Lurgan, was acquitted of killing Sapper Patrick Azimkar, 21, and Sapper Mark Quinsey, 23, from Birmingham.

The victims, from the Engineer Regiment, had gone to the gate of Massereene Barracks to collect pizza when gunmen struck.

Their parents were in court for the verdict. A verdict is expected shortly on another defendant, Brian Shivers.

Forensic experts said they had found Duffy’s DNA on a seatbelt buckle in the getaway car and on the finger-tip of a Latex glove.

Two gunmen fired 65 rounds during the attack. Police found voicemail on the mobile phone they left behind in the car. The male caller says: “There’s a few dead alright.”

Judge Anthony Hart told the court that he was satisfied that Duffy's DNA was found on the glove in the car.

But he said the prosecution had failed to link the defendant to the murder plot. Read More