Medical evidence at a coroner's inquest has suggested British commandos fired into the prone bodies of three unarmed guerrillas of the Irish Republican Army after they fell dying on the streets of Gibraltar.

Descriptions of bullet-riddled corpses, macabre death dances and blood-soaked clothes figured in Thursday's hearings aimed at determining whether the shootings were lawful.Mairead Farrell, Daniel McCann and Sean Savage were shot dead last March in this British colony by plainclothed soldiers believed to be members of the elite Special Air Service regiment.