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Shivers appeals against conviction for Massereene murders

The Derryman was convicted of the murder of two British soldiers and was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison last week.

Brian Shivers outside Antrim Courthouse last month.
Brian Shivers outside Antrim Courthouse last month.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE MAN CONVICTED of murdering two British soldiers outside an army barracks in Antrim nearly three years ago has begun an appeal against his life sentence.

Shivers, who is terminally, ill was convicted last month of the murder of 23-year-old Mark Quinsey and 21-year-old Patrick Azmikar. The pair were shot dead as they collected pizza outside the Massereene barracks in Co Antrim on 7 March 2009.

The 46-year-old’s legal team claims he was wrongly punished and are demanding an urgent hearing due to his severe medical condition, BBC News reports.

Shivers has cystic fibrosis and doctors told the court in Antrim last week that they believed he had only four or five years to live. From Magherafelt in Derry, he was ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison after being convicted of the two murders.

He was also found guilty of six counts of attempted murder and one of possession of two firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

In sentencing Judge Anthony Hart said that Shivers had played a “a prominent and essential role” in the crime. His co-accused Colin Duffy, 44, was acquitted of all charges including the two murders.

Brian Shivers found guilty of murder of British soldiers

Brian Shivers gets 25 years for murder of British soldiers

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