Charges dropped against Masserene killer

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AN indecent exposure charge against the man convicted of murdering two Sappers at Masserene barracks in Antrim, was withdrawn by the Prosecution Service at Magherafelt Magistrates Court.

Brian Shivers, from Sperrin Mews in Magherafelt, also had charges of assaulting a police officer and three charges of resisting police withdrawn without prejudice.

A lawyer told the court that Shivers, who is serving a minimum of 25 years for killing Mark Quinsey (23) and Patrick Azimkar (21) in a Real IRA gun attack back in March 2009, was too ill to appear by video-link.

The 47-year-old, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and is terminally ill, had denied the charges, including indecent exposure which arose out of an alleged incident at his home in February 2011 when a police woman arrived to check bail arrangements.

At a previous court, the District Judge had asked the Prosecution Service if it was in the public interest to proceed with the charges in view of the defendant’s life sentence.

stanley.campbell@jpress.co.uk