Massereene Murders Appeal
10 Feb 2012
Detectives investigating the murders of Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar and the attempted murder of six other young men in a gun attack outside Massereene Barracks in Antrim on 7 March 2009 have issued a recording of a phone call made by the killers shortly after the attack.
The recording forms part of a renewed appeal for information about the attack following the setting of a tariff for Brian Shivers who was convicted of the murders and attempted murders last month.
This ‘voicemail’ message was retrieved from a Nokia mobile phone left in the central front console of the getaway green Cavalier car.
(Swearing is contained within above transcript, which has been masked)
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, said: "The investigation is continuing because it is our duty to bring as many of those individuals who were involved in this atrocity before the court. Following the conclusion of the trial last month, when the inadvertently recorded call was used as evidence, we are now making the recording available in a public attempt to identify the voices on it."
The recording was contained on a mobile phone left in a green Vauxhall Cavalier car which the gang failed to set on fire at Ranaghan Road, about eight miles from Massereene.
Anyone who thinks they recognise any of the voices on the recording is asked to contact detectives at the Massereene incident room on 028 9056 1804. Alternatively, callers may provide information without giving their personal details to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
To date, the investigation has generated:
- 8,910 documents
- 2,724 exhibits
- 4,062 actions
- 1,858 witness statements
- 33 searches
- 14 arrests
- 1 conviction
- 1 related charge (still to go to trial)
The Azimkar and Quinsey families were not in Belfast today to hear the tariff being set but they did make written statements to the court about the impact which the murders have made on their lives. Excerpts from those statements are published below, with the families’ permission.
Mark Quinsey’s mother, Pamela, said: "A mother thinks she will hold her child’s hand for the rest of her life. Now my hand is empty and lost. I get no rest from the hurt and torment it (Mark’s murder) has caused us all. I tried my best to talk Mark out of going into the Army but he loved the Army. I was very proud of him. He was very popular and well loved by everyone. What a waste of a young man’s life."
Patrick Azimkar’s mother, Geraldine, said: "We have all changed, all aged, our hearts and souls are no longer light but weighed down with sorrow and loss. We feel sort of empty inside and until recently felt life to be empty outside too. Everything seemed pointless and trivial, the colour of our lives faded. I believe Patrick is alive and flourishing with God and I believe we will see him again."
DCI Galloway said: "The families have conducted themselves with the utmost dignity over the past three years. Anyone who listens to what the boys’ mothers have said and who knows anything about the murders or can identify the voices on the phone recording should do the right thing and talk to police."