Rochdale Security Guard Given 20 Years For Iraq Murder.

28 February 2011, 10:10

Danny Fitzsimons from Rochdale has been sentenced to 20 years in jail after being found guilty murder by an Iraqi court.

The 30 year old admitted killing Paul McGuigan, from the Scottish Borders, and Darren Hoare, from Australia, in August 2009, but denied murder.

He had pleaded guilty to manslaughter after his lawyers argued he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The trio had all been working for British security firm ArmorGroup in Baghdad's Green Zone, at the time of the shooting.

Fitzsimons is the first Westerner to stand trial in Iraq after a 2009 US-Iraqi security agreement lifted immunity for foreigners.

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