Northern Ireland

Dominic McGlinchey son 'was Massereene getaway driver'

Colin Duffy (left) and Brian Shivers
Image caption Colin Duffy (left), 43, and Brian Shivers, 46, deny any role in the March 2009 murders

A son of leading republican Dominic McGlinchey was the getaway driver for the Massereene barracks killers, it has been alleged at the trial.

A barrister for Colin Duffy made the claim in a statement to the court.

He said police had "reliable information" and questioned Dominic and Declan McGlinchey about the attack on Massereene. Both were released.

Mr Duffy and Brian Shivers deny the murders of Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar in March 2009.

Defence barrister Barry MacDonald QC said: "Police hold reliable information to indicate that a son of Dominic McGlinchey Snr was the driver of the vehicle which was subsequently recovered by police and was used in the fatal shooting of two soldiers."

Dominic McGlinchey Snr was a former leader of the INLA, who was murdered in 1994.

'Home all night'

Earlier, Mr Duffy's wife gave evidence at his trial.

Martine Duffy said her husband had not left the house at all on the night of the attack on the barracks.

She said she remembered that day well, because the couple had been at a friend's wedding the day before.

She said they remained at home with the children because they were tired after the wedding.

Mrs Duffy said she thought the attack on Massereene was "absolutely terrible".

She said she believed those responsible should be caught before adding: "It's awful that my husband should be accused of it".

'No innocent explanation'

Prosecution barrister Terence Mooney QC later began his summing-up of the case.

He said there could be no innocent explanation for the discovery of Duffy's DNA on a latex glove tip found in the getaway car.

"It is illogical and nonsensical that, of all the items found in the car, the only one to be excluded from the attack is the tip of a latex glove," he said.

"The latex glove, taking into account the implications from its presence in the car, is obviously linked to the attack.

"It was obviously present and had become detached from a glove worn by a terrorist who is trying to prevent traces of forensic material which could make a link between the terrorist and the car itself and the attack."

He said the presence of the DNA clearly called for an explanation from Duffy but none had been given.

"The court is entitled to draw inference adverse to Duffy as a result of his failure to give evidence," Mr Mooney said.

"The absence of an explanation being given by Duffy is attributed to him having no answer that would stand up to cross-examination."

'Absence of evidence'

However, Mr Duffy's defence barrister warned against drawing adverse inference.

He said there is such a complete absence of evidence in the case against him that the prosecution does not know what case to make against him.

Barry MacDonald QC said the evidence showed that Mr Duffy was not one of the gunmen nor was he the driver of the car.

He said the Crown inviting the judge to draw an inference from Colin Duffy failing to take the stand to defend himself was dangerous and was entering miscarriage of justice territory.

He urged the judge to aquit his client of all charges.

The two soldiers were shot dead while they collected pizzas outside the base. A number of other people were injured.

As well as the murder charges, Mr Duffy, 44, from Lurgan and Magherafelt man Mr Shivers, 46, both deny six charges of attempted murder and one of possession of guns and explosives.

The trial continues.

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