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Danny Fitzsimons Denies Being Murdering Psycho

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 21, 2010

A former British soldier charged with killing two security guards in Iraq angrily denied during a court appearance that he was “murdering psycho”.

Daniel Fitzsimons was sent for psychiatric evaluation minutes after the start of his trial in Baghdad on charges shooting dead fellow Briton Paul McGuigan and Australian Darren Hoare after a drunken brawl while all three were working as private contractors in the Iraqi capital. An Iraqi, Arkan Mehdi Saleh was injured in the same incident.

Mr Fitzsimons had been treated for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) in the UK before he went to Iraq as a security guard. His family back in England said he will be entering a ‘not guilty’ plea on grounds of self-defence.

After the hearing Mr Fitzsimons, 29, told journalists  “When my side of the story gets out, the people who have labelled me as a murdering psycho will be eating humble pie.”  He claimed that he had been goaded and threatened by the men and opened fire to protect himself. “They came in to wind me up?? Those fuckers came to my room to do me in and they tried to do me in.”  Continue Reading here

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