Page last updated at 15:34 GMT, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 16:34 UK

Murder gang 'taped themselves'

Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey
Killers 'gloated' over the deaths of two soldiers at Masserene Barracks.

A court has heard that the gang which murdered two soldiers in County Antrim accidentally recorded themselves 'gloating' about the attack.

Details of the mobile phone recording were revealed during a bail application by one of the men charged with the murders, according to the Irish News.

Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey were shot dead outside Masserene Barracks on 7 March.

Brian Shivers (44), of Sperrin Mews in Magherafelt was refused bail.

The paper reports that two mobile phones were among several items recovered by police from the car which is believed to have been used to carry out the shooting.

Overalls, balaclavas and bullets matching those which were used by the killers were also recovered from the Vauxhall Cavalier which was found near Randalstown, shortly after the attack.

During the recorded conversation, one member of the gang is alleged to have said: "There's a few dead alright."

On Tuesday, a defence lawyer representing Brian Shivers stressed that no direct link had been drawn between his client and the mobile phone recording.

Solicitor Niall Murphy said "At no stage was it mentioned in court that those remarks had anything to do with Mr Shivers."

Last month Brian Shivers became the second person to be charged in connection with the shooting.

In March, 41-year-old Colin Duffy from Lurgan was charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

The Real IRA has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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