DNA ‘match to barracks killers’
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – 04:57 PM
DNA found in a getaway car used in the shooting of two British soldiers is almost six trillion times more likely to belong to one of the alleged murderers than someone else, a court heard.
A match between another genetic sample discovered in the vehicle and the second man accused of the killings of Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar is around six billion times more probable than it matching another person, a DNA expert told Antrim Crown Court.
High-profile republican Colin Duffy, 43, from Forest Glade in Lurgan, Co Armagh, and Brian Shivers, 46, from Sperrin Mews in Magherafelt, Co Derry, deny two charges of murder and the attempted murder of six others – three soldiers, two pizza delivery drivers and a security guard.
On the sixth day of their trial, American DNA specialist Dr Mark Perlin revealed the results of tests he carried out on data from a seat belt buckle and a mobile phone found inside the Vauxhall Cavalier getaway car, which was abandoned partially burnt out on a country road just a few miles from the shootings.
Dr Perlin is renowned in the scientific world for developing a computer based statistical system – True Allele – which analyses forensic samples containing the DNA or two or more people.
The expert compared the results of swabs taken from the buckle and the phone along with samples of Duffy and Shivers’s DNA.
As the two defendants watched from the dock, Dr Perlin told judge Mr Justice Anthony Hart that a DNA sample found on the belt buckle was 5.91 trillion times more likely to be Duffy’s than someone else’s.
“A match between the buckle and Mr Duffy would be 5.9 trillion times more probable than a coincidental match,” he said.
He said a sample retrieved from inside the mobile phone was 6.01 billion times more likely to belong to Shivers than another person.
The Gaughan Stagg Cumann condemn the politically motivated raids and arrest of its members in the Northwest of England.
These actions are timed to frustrate our ongoing campaign to raise the awareness of the human right abuses in Ireland by taking posters and literature on the plight of Irish POW’s.
It is a clear reaction to the planned march and protest in December, the members in question remain undeterred and will continue with their support and promotion of the POWs current brutal situation.
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Legal firm’s fury after police defer plan to quiz solicitor on eve of trial
Thursday, 3 November 2011
A legal firm has said the planned arrest of one of its lawyers was an attempt to “undermine his ability” to conduct the defence in a high-profile murder trial next week.
It is understood leading lawyer Peter Corrigan had originally been asked to report to police today after being told he was to be arrested regarding charges against two of his clients.
But last night police appeared to back off after receiving “additional information which would make it inappropriate to progress with what was intended to be a planned and voluntary interview”.
They added they would be rescheduling it for a later date.
The Belfast lawyer is due in court on Monday to lead the defence of Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers — accused of murdering Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar. The soldiers were shot dead outside Massereene army barracks in Antrim in 2009.
It is understood Mr Corrigan’s proposed police interview is not connected to the case.
A spokesman for Kevin R Winters and Company said the move had represented “oppression of the worst kind”.
The company where Mr Corrigan is a senior member claimed that it would have been “an attack on the integrity of a lawyer defending his client and sends out a sinister message to those who robustly defend the interests of those charged before our criminal justice system”.
In a statement, Mr Corrigan’s legal firm had described the move as a “completely unfounded manoeuvre on the part of the PSNI intended to undermine our firm’s ability to conduct the defence in a forthcoming high-profile trial.”
In an earlier statement last night, police said they “have a legal responsibility to follow all lines of enquiry as part of their investigations into organised criminality”.
“No inference should be drawn from this.”
The PSNI added that they were “continuing to make a number of enquiries into money laundering”.
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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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