Darren Hoare was killed in a drunken fight in Baghdad.
Darren Hoare was killed in a drunken fight in Baghdad.

Accused killer not sleeping

A BRITISH man accused of killing Willowbank’s Iraq security guard Darren Hoare has said he is not able to sleep, plagued by nightmares while trapped in a Baghdad jail cell.

Danny Fitzsimons, 30, is a British mercenary accused – after a whisky-fuelled fight near Saddam Hussein’s former palace in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone – of shooting dead two of his workmates, a former British Royal Marine Paul McGuigan and Hoare, an Australian ex-airman.

Mr Hoare was 37, a father of three and husband to wife Mollyjoe.

He was stationed at RAAF Base Amberley for several years and served in Iraq. He played for the Ipswich Eagles in the city’s AFL competition.

Fitzsimons told London newspaper The Daily Mail he was determined to return to England a free man.

“I will come home to Britain alive one day,’ he said from Baghdad.

Fitzsimons has pleaded not guilty, stating he acted in self defence. He faces the death penalty and will hear his fate on February 20.

Mr McGuigan’s wife, Nicci Prestage, dismissed claims that Fitzsimons’ mental illness turned him into a killer.

She said the method with which her husband and Mr Hoare were killed pointed to a calculated act.

“I have worked to piece together what happened, using witness statements and incident reports,” Ms Prestage said.

“Darren Hoare was shot in his temple at close range. I would describe this as an execution.

“Paul had two gunshot wounds to his chest that were not fired at close range and weren’t the fatal shots. As Paul fell to his knees, a gun was put in his mouth and fired, severing his spinal cord and killing him.”

Fitzsimmons faces an agonising wait to hear whether he will hang or go to prison.

If it is the death penalty, his legal team will appeal.



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