Brit 'framed' for Iraq murders

A former British paratroopers who was jailed in Iraq for killing two colleagues at a private security firm has said he was 'framed'. In footage obtained by ITV News, Danny Fitzsimons also sends a message to the families of his two victims.

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G4S: 'There is no proof Danny Fitzsimons has PTSD'

Security firm G4S have defended their decision to send Danny Fitzsimons to Iraq, saying they were supplied documents which showed he was fit to work.

We received documents which certified that Mr Fitzsimons was fit to work in Iraq.

It subsequently came to light one of those documents was forged.

Mr Fitzsimons was declared fit to stand trial and was found solely responsible for the killings of Paul and Darren.

We've seen no formal document which proves he was suffering from PTSD.

– G4S statement


Victim's mother: G4S to blame for arming killer

The mother of one of Danny Fitzsimon's victims has said she believes G4S is to blame for deciding to hire, and for arming, her son's killer.

Both Fitzsimons and her son Paul McGuigan were working for the private security firm ArmourGroup, which is owned by G4S, at the time of the incident.

Corinne Boyd-Russell says that Fitzsimons should not have been hired given his history of post-traumatic stress syndrome and the fact that he was charged with a crime in the UK.

Briton claims Iraq killings 'were self defence'

A British security guard who shot dead two colleagues in Iraq in 2009 says he was framed for the murders.

Speaking from prison in Baghdad, Danny Fitzsimons admitted he opened fire but claims it was self-defence.

But one victim's mother says he deserves to be in prison and thinks the company that employed the men was partly to blame.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports:

Mother of victim has no sympathy for Danny Fitzsimons

The mother of a British security guard Paul McGuigan who was killed by Danny Fitzsimons in 2009 has said she does not have any sympathy for her son's killer.

Corinne Boyd-Russell was shown footage obtained by ITV News of Fitzsimons in his Iraqi prison in which he acknowledges he has "robbed" her of a son.

But Corinne said he came across as "arrogant" in the video and that he "showed no remorse whatsoever".

Timeline of Danny Fitzsimons' conviction

A British security guard, Danny Fitzsimons, who was convicted of murdering two of his colleagues in Iraq, has claimed he was framed and was acting in self defence.

Here is a reminder of the events leading up to his incarceration in Iraq:

  • May 2008: Fitzsimons diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after tours of Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq
  • 7 May 2008: G4S completes acquisition of Armour Group, which will go on to employ Fitzsimons
  • January 2009: A 'status of forces' agreement between the US and Iraq expires ending the immunity of foreigners operating in the country
  • August 2009: Fitzsimons is hired by ArmourGroup and sent to Iraq. Some 36 hours later he shoots dead two fellow contractors after an alleged drunken brawl.
  • December 2010: Undergoes mental health assessments in Iraq
  • February 2011: Sentenced to life imprisonment in Iraq with a minimum of 20 years


Danny Fitzsimons' message for victims' families

ITV News has obtained a video in which a security guard who killed two of his colleagues while working in Iraq sends a message to the families of his victims.

Danny Fitzsimons shot dead Paul McGuigan, from Peebles in Scotland, and Australian Darren Hoare in what he claims was a alcohol-fuelled brawl in August 2009.

Remembering the night of the deaths, he says simply "it went bad" and says he hopes that one day their relatives "will see what really happened".

(Copyright Paul Martin /

(Copyright Paul Martin /

British ex-soldier claims he was 'framed' for Iraq murders

A British security guard who shot dead two colleagues in Iraq in 2009 has claimed he was framed for the murders in footage obtained exclusively by ITV News.

Danny Fitzsimons was working for a private security firm in Baghdad's Green Zone when he shot dead Briton Paul McGuigan and Australian Darren Hoare. Today, he is serving a 20-year prison sentence for their murders.

Speaking from his prison in Iraq, Fitzsimons admits he pulled the trigger but claims it was self-defence.

(Copyright Paul Martin /

(Copyright Paul Martin /

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