Tunisia massacre inquiry dismisses negligence claims

Hundreds attended the funeral of Jim and Ann McQuire at Abronhill Parish Church in the summer of 2015
Hundreds attended the funeral of Jim and Ann McQuire at Abronhill Parish Church in the summer of 2015

The inquest into the death of British holidaymakers killed in the 2015 Tunisia beach massacre has refused to rule that neglect was involved.

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith, who is leading the inquest, has stated he will not accept the neglect submission raised by families of the victims, who included Abronhill couple Jim and Ann McQuire.

The inquest, which started on January 16, has seen Thomson and First Choice parent company TUI accused of failure to adequately ensure security at the Riu Imperial Marhaba hotel was up to standard prior to June 26, 2015 when lone gunman Seifeddine Rezgui murdered 38 people before being shot by police.

Howard Stevens QC, counsel for TUI, argued that his client had acted in line with other tour operators in sending people to Tunisia and was acting in accordance with advice from the Foreign Office.

The final verdict of the inquest will be delivered on Tuesday.