Sentencing of Marine A: why neither a harsh nor a lenient sentence is appropriate – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted December 5th, 2013 in armed forces, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘Most will now be familiar with the widely reported case of Marine A; he was convicted at the Court Martial on 8 November 2013 of murder. On 15 September 2011, Marine A shot a wounded Afghan soldier once in the chest after his base in Helmand had come under attack from two insurgents. An Apache helicopter was sent in as support and the Afghan soldier in question was seriously injured by gunfire from the helicopter. Footage of the incident caught on the helmet mounted camera of a second marine revealed that, upon discovering the injured soldier, Marine A asked if any of his men wanted to give the soldier first aid. Other marines replied in the negative and Marine A proceeded to, as the prosecution described, “execute” the soldier.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th December 2013