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Paul McGuigan murder: G4S 'warned over Iraq killer risk'

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Image caption Paul McGuigan had previously worked as a bodyguard for former Beatle George Harrison

A security guard who shot dead two colleagues in Iraq was a dangerous man who should not have been allowed to carry weapons, an inquest has heard.

Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare were murdered by Danny Fitzsimons in 2009.

The ex-paratrooper from Rochdale, who was employed by the G4S-owned ArmorGroup, is serving a 20-year sentence in Baghdad.

A former security guard told an inquest in Stockport he warned the company that Fitzsimons was a risk to the public.

'Lives at risk'

Fitzsimons had served with the Army in Kosovo and Bosnia, and later as a paratrooper in Northern Ireland, Macedonia and Afghanistan. He had also worked in Iraq as a security guard before the killings.

After learning Fitzsimons had secured a contract with ArmorGroup to go back to Iraq in 2009, a security guard - who cannot be named for legal reasons - sent a number of emails to G4S which he said were ignored.

The inquest heard one email said: "I'm disgusted that this individual will get a job with such a large company and will be able to carry weapons.

"I believe this will put many people's lives at risk. A police check will confirm this."

The witness also said he warned G4S Fitzsimons was using cannabis and steroids.

The inquest has previously heard Fitzsimons was deployed to Iraq without up-to-date references, with no Criminal Records Bureau check and with a forged medical certificate.

During his trial in 2011, Fitzsimons 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.

He had admitted killing Mr McGuigan, originally from Peebles in the Scottish Borders, and Australian 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.

The inquest continues.

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