Verdict due in Massereene case
Two men accused of the murders of two soldiers at a Northern Ireland military base will find out the court’s verdict today.
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Sappers Patrick Azimkar (21) from London, and Mark Quinsey (23) from Birmingham, were ambushed by gunmen from the Real IRA outside the Massereene barracks in Antrim on March 7th 2009.
Mr Justice Anthony Hart, sitting at Antrim courthouse, will tell Colin Duffy (44) and Brian Shivers (46) if he has found them guilty or not guilty of the murders.
Mr Duffy, from Forest Glade in Lurgan, Co Armagh, and Mr Shivers, from Sperrin Mews in Magherafelt, Co Derry, deny the murder charges and six further counts of attempted murder.
The troops from 38 Engineer Regiment were about to begin a tour of duty in Afghanistan when they were gunned down in an attack by the Real IRA.
The soldiers, who were wearing their desert fatigues and were within hours of leaving the base, were collecting pizzas at the front gate when they came under fire.
Four other people, including two pizza delivery drivers, were injured in the gun attack.
A green Vauxhall Cavalier car thought to have been used by the gang was found abandoned in a rural location eight miles away.
The gunmen set light to the car, but it did not burn out. DNA evidence recovered from it formed the basis for the trial of the two accused.