Decision due on murder retrial

Sapper Mark Quinsey
Sapper Mark Quinsey from Birmingham was gunned down in Antrim in 2009 Photo: ITV Central

A man whose convictions for murdering two soldiers were quashed will learn today whether he faces a retrial.

Sapper Mark Quinsey, 23 from Birmingham and Patrick Azimkar, 21, were gunned down as they collected pizza outside the gates of Massereene army barracks in Antrim in March 2009. They were just hours away from deploying to Afghanistan.

The Real IRA claimed responsibility for the shootings.

Yesterday the Court of Appeal ruled that verdicts in the non-jury trial of Brian Shivers were unsafe and overturned his 25-year sentence.

Brian Shivers
Brian Shivers faces decision on murder retrial Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 47-year-old who is terminally ill with cystic fibrosis, will remain in custody until the Public Prosecution Service reveals its decision today.

High-profile republican Colin Duffy, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, was acquitted of murder charges at the trial at Antrim Crown Court last year.

Last February Shivers was ordered to serve at least 25 years for his part in the killings.

His appeal against additional convictions on six counts of attempted murder and one of possession of two firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life was also allowed by the Court of Appeal.

His lawyer Niall Murphy said he was concerned about his client's acute medical condition.