Iraq court hears witnesses in British guard trial

29th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

After a series of postponements, an Iraqi court on Wednesday heard testimony from witnesses in the case of a British security guard accused of shooting dead two colleagues, his lawyer said.

"Danny Fitzsimons was present in court" on Wednesday, lawyer Tariq Harb told AFP.

"The court heard testimony from witnesses," and then adjourned the trial until January 23.

The trial had originally been scheduled to begin at the Karkh criminal court in west Baghdad in January but was postponed several times, including on September 15, when Harb said it was delayed because Fitzsimons had not yet undergone psychiatric tests.

Fitzsimons, an employee of British-based security firm ArmorGroup, was arrested after fellow Briton Paul McGuigan and Australian Darren Hoare were shot dead in a reportedly alcohol-fuelled brawl on August 9, 2009.

The former security guard, 29 at the time of the incident and from Manchester, has been quoted by British newspapers as saying he was acting in self-defence.

Just days after the shootings, however, Fitzsimons' family said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and should not have been posted to Baghdad.

© 2010 AFP

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