Police recovered Shivers’ phone

A MAGHERAFELT man accused of the murder of two soldiers, made a flurry of phone calls around the time of the killings, a court has heard.

Brian Shivers and Colin Duffy deny the murder of Sappers Mark Quinsey 23, and Patrick Azimkar 21, at Massereene army base in Antrim in March 2009.

Shivers’ phone was recovered by police. Prosecutor Tessa Kitson said: “The significance is simply that there was a lot of use and activity of that particular mobile phone which we say involves Mr Shivers during that time.”

Duffy, 44, from Forest Glade in Lurgan, Co Armagh, and Shivers, 46, from Sperrin Mews, in Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, deny two charges of murder and the attempted murder of six others.

Messages from another mobile phone suspected to have been used by the killers were also disclosed to the court. A voicemail was played to the court which appeared to link the car to the shooting as the men made their escape.

The phone recorded two voices talking following the killing, close to where the vehicle was abandoned and later recovered by police, yielding DNA evidence which the prosecution say links the accused to the crime.