Friends Of Colin Duffy

Judgement to be given in “No Bill” application

A judgement is expected to be given tomorrow, 17th June 2011, in relation to Colin and Brian’s “no bill” application.  On the 5th May 2011 Colin and Brian’s barristers argued that charges against the men should be dismissed because the Crown case is so weak. 

Defence QC Barry Macdonald argued that as the only evidence against his client Colin Duffy (43) was DNA uncovered on a rubber glove found in a partially burnt-out car, there was nothing to suggest he was part of a murder plan.

Kieran Vaughan, who represents Brian Shivers, argued that the case against his client should also be dismissed as the 45-year-old’s DNA — uncovered on matches and a mobile phone inside the same car — did not point to his involvement in the murders.

Lodging the ‘no bill’ application at Belfast Crown Court, lawyers argued that the items in the car could have been put there at any time since the car was bought three weeks before the killings. They submitted that items could have been there for numerous reasons.

Evidence suggesting contact with the car doesn’t point to that conclusion,” said Mr Macdonald.

“It is capable of multiple conclusions and therefore doesn’t come into the category of a compelling circumstantial case pointing to only one reasonable conclusion.”

At that time Mr Justice McLaughlin put to Mr Mooney (prosecution QC) that there was the possibility the pair could be guilty simply of assisting offenders. The barrister replied: “I cannot rule that out.”


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