Man cleared of Quinsey gun murder

A man has been acquitted of murdering two British soldiers in Northern Ireland.

Brian Shivers, 47, of Co Londonderry, had denied all involvement in the gun attack outside the Massereene Army barracks in Antrim in which sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, died.

Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery men were seriously injured in the shooting in March 2009.

Judge Mr Justice Donnell Deeny delivered his reserved judgment after the non-jury retrial at Belfast Crown Court.

Sappers Quinsey from Birmingham and Azimkar from London, were shot by masked gunmen outside the barracks in 2009.

The prosecution case against the defendant was based on DNA evidence from the vehicle used in the attack.

The defence said the genetic traces did not prove he was involved in the attack.