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Defence queries DNA evidence at Brum soldier trial.

DNA linking a man to the killing of a Birmingham soldier and his comrade may have been transferred unwittingly, a court heard.

An expert connected a sample from the inside of a mobile phone found in a car used in the attack to one of the accused.

Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers, whose DNA was recovered from the Nokia, deny the murder of Sappers Mark Quinsey, from Highters Heath, and Patrick Azimkar, from London, who were shot outside their Army base in Antrim in March 2009.

Defence barrister Patrick O'Connor QC said: "There has to be a real risk that some tiny quantities of DNA may have been transferred completely unwittingly from the exterior of this mobile phone and then appeared on the swabs which were taken from the back of the Sim card or the cavity inside the mobile phone.

"Unless the gloves were changed every time between the handling of the body of the phone and the external parts of the phone and battery and the SIM."

Aideen Coleman, a forensic scientist said it was "possible".

Duffy, 44, of Forest Glade in Lurgan, and Shivers, 46, of Sperrin Mews, in Magherafelt, deny two charges of murder and the attempted murder of six others - three soldiers, two pizza delivery drivers and a security guard.
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