Accused 'not capable' of soldier murders, court told

The partner of one of the men accused of murdering two soldiers has told a court today that he was not capable of the crime.

The partner of one of the men accused of murdering two soldiers has told a court today that he was not capable of the crime.

Lisa Leacock said she thought Brian Shivers was away saying goodbye to some foreign friends on the night of the killing.

The defendant denies the murder of Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar, who were shot outside their Army base in Antrim. Colin Duffy is the co-accused.

Ms Leacock told Antrim Crown Court: "The Brian that I know is not capable of those terrible acts and I was shocked and surprised when he was arrested."

She was waiting for him when he arrived home on the night of the attack.

"I believed he was going to meet some friends who were returning home to say farewell," she added.

She has been his partner for six years. He has a child through a previous marriage and was unemployed.

Sappers Quinsey (aged 23) and Azimkar (aged 21) were shot dead by the Real IRA as they collected pizzas with comrades outside Massereene Army base in Antrim town in March 2009.

Duffy (aged 44) from Forest Glade in Lurgan, Co Armagh, and Shivers (aged 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.

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