DNA link to murder accused

A full DNA profile was found on the tip of a latex glove found in a getaway car, the murder trial of two soldiers has heard.

Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers deny murdering British soldiers Patrick Azimkar, 21, from London, and Mark Quinsey, 23, from Birmingham, at the Massereene Army base in Antrim in March 2009.

The soldiers were shot as they collected pizzas outside the base a day before they were due to leave with their regiment for Afghanistan. The CCTV recording of the shootings has previously been shown to the court.

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On Monday, forensic scientist, Dr. Emma Watson, told the court a glove tip was tested against Mr. Duffy's DNA.

She said the chance of it having come from another person was one in one billion.

She added that samples from a seatbelt buckle in the car gave a partial DNA sample and this also matched Mr. Duffy.

The court heard that a profile could be considered complete when 20 DNA components were discovered.

"Sixteen components (from the seatbelt buckle) matched corresponding DNA components of Colin Duffy's DNA profile," Dr. Watson said.

Watson also said a partial profile had been detected from two matchsticks found inside the car and that it matched Mr. Shivers' DNA.

"The initial partial profile has 15 confirmed components which matched corresponding DNA components of Mr. Shiver's reference profile," she added.

The scientist accepted that such enhanced results had to be assessed with some degree of added caution.

Colin Duffy, 44, from Lurgan, and Brian Shivers, 46, from Magherafelt also deny six charges of attempted murder and one of possession of guns and explosives. The trial continues.