Paul McGuigan murder: Inquest described killer as ‘dodgy’


30 September 2014 Last updated at 16:19 ET

Paul McGuigan murder: Inquest described killer as ‘dodgy’

A security guard from Greater Manchester, murdered by a colleague in Iraq, had described his killer as “a bit dodgy” the night he died, an inquest has heard.

Paul McGuigan, 37, and Australian Darren Hoare were shot dead by former paratrooper Danny Fitzsimons in 2009.

An inquest into Mr McGuigan’s death heard he told his fiancée Fitzsimons was “weird” during a Skype call.

Fitzsimons, from Rochdale, is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Baghdad.

During his trial in 2011, the former paratrooper told the Iraqi court he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress at the time of the killings and claimed he had acted in self-defence after a fight broke out.

Partner pregnant

He had admitted killing Mr McGuigan, originally from Peebles, Scotland, and Darren Hoare in August 2009.

Mr McGuigan, a former Royal Marine, had been living in Tameside and had previously worked as a bodyguard for ex-Beatle George Harrison.

His mother Corinne Boyd-Russell told the inquest that when she last saw her son he had been excited that his fiancée Nicola Prestage expecting a baby.

All three men had been working for British security firm ArmorGroup, part of G4S, based in the Iraqi capital’s fortified Green Zone.

Since the killings, the Fitzsimons family have questioned whether their son was well enough to be employed by the security firm.

Deputy Coroner for Greater Manchester South, Joanne Kearsley confirmed she would seeking evidence relating to the employment policies of G4S.

The inquest resumes on Thursday.

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