Monday 20 November 2017

DNA evidence allegedly linking suspects to Massereene murders given trial go ahead

Michael McHugh

CONTROVERSIAL DNA evidence allegedly linking two men to the murder of two soldiers in Northern Ireland is to be allowed, a judge ruled today.

The pioneering computer method is reliable and acceptable, Mr Justice Anthony Hart told Antrim Crown Court.

Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers deny the murder of Sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, who were shot outside the Massereene Army base in Antrim in March 2009.

Judge Hart said: "I am satisfied that the stage has now been reached in the case of this system where it can be regarded as being reliable and acceptable and I am satisfied that Dr (Mark) Perlin has given his evidence in a credible and reliable fashion.

"In the light of this conclusion, I can see no basis under which I could possibly exercise my discretion to exclude this evidence and I therefore admit it in evidence."

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