Brecon Beacons deaths: families dismayed at junior officers’ charges – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in armed forces, courts martial, health & safety, inquests, negligence, news by tracey

‘The families of three men who suffered fatal heat illness during an SAS training march in the Brecon Beacons have expressed dismay that two relatively junior special services soldiers face charges of neglect rather than more senior figures or Ministry of Defence officials.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2017

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Marine A to be resentenced over fatal shooting of Taliban fighter – Daily Telegraph

‘Royal Marine who is in prison for the fatal shooting of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan finds out today if he is to be freed or must serve more time behind bars.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th March 2017

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Marine Alexander Blackman conviction reduced to manslaughter – BBC News

‘A Royal Marine jailed for shooting an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter by an appeal court.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2017

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Judges reject media request to release marine shooting video – The Guardian

‘Three of the UK’s most senior judges have rejected a request by the Guardian and other media organisations to sanction the release of video footage showing a British Royal Marine shooting dead a wounded Taliban fighter.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2017

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Army brigadier becomes most senior officer to appear at court martial in 65 years – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 26th, 2017 in armed forces, benefits, courts martial, education, families, married persons, news by tracey

‘An Army brigadier has become the most senior officer to appear before a court martial in 65 years as he admitted breaking rules when he claimed money for his sons’ school fees.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2017

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Senior military judge mishandled trial of jailed marine Alexander Blackman, official report finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s most senior military judge mishandled the trial of a Royal Marine accused of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter to the extent that his conviction may now be quashed, the body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2017

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Jailed Marine A’s senior officers ‘missed warning signs’ – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, courts martial, mental health, murder, news, reports by tracey

‘Senior officers missed signs that the unit of a now-jailed marine was suffering from exhaustion, a Royal Navy review has found.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2016

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Marine’s conviction for killing Afghan insurgent could be quashed – The Guardian

‘A former Royal Marine serving a life sentence for murdering a wounded Afghan insurgent faces the “real possibility” of having his conviction quashed following the presentation of new evidence, an independent review has found.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2016

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Judge slams ‘disgraceful behaviour’ and armed forces drinking culture as Royal Navy officer is cleared of rape – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 8th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, courts martial, judges, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A judge has slammed the “disgraceful behaviour” and drinking culture in the armed forces as a Royal Navy officer was cleared of the rape of a drunken colleague following a training college ball.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2016

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Judge criticises army drink and sex culture as two former soldiers cleared of rape – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2016 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, courts martial, inquests, news, rape, suicide by tracey

‘A judge has criticised a culture of “excessive drinking” and sexual relationships within the Royal Military Police, as two former soldiers were acquitted of raping a colleague who later killed herself.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th April 2016

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Woman who had sex with 14-year-old boy is jailed – The Guardian

‘The wife of an army corporal has been sent to prison for three years for having sex with a 14-year-old boy after a suspended sentence was ruled to be too lenient.’

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2015

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RAF man jailed for shooting comrade in ‘party trick’ gone wrong – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 10th, 2015 in armed forces, courts martial, firearms, news, sentencing by sally

‘SAC Liam Gadsby had previously boasted to colleagues that he could pull the trigger on a loaded pistol without a bullet being fired.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2015

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MoD faces legal fight over recruitment of child soldiers – The Independent

Posted October 8th, 2014 in age discrimination, armed forces, courts martial, news, young persons by sally

‘Campaigners are taking legal action against the Ministry of Defence today to demand the nation’s youngest soldiers are not forced into serving longer than adult recruits.’

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The Independent, 8th October 2014

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Defence ministry agrees to provide court information to reporters – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2014 in armed forces, courts, courts martial, government departments, news, publishing by tracey

‘Two days ago I reported that the Military Court Service (MCS) had been withholding from journalists vital information about trials. Now, it would appear, there has been a climbdown or, to quote the official version of events, an announcement that a review of the system has resulted in a change of mind.’

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The Guardian, 17th September2014

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‘Monster’ sergeant major jailed for sexually assaulting lesbian soldier – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 13th, 2014 in armed forces, courts martial, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A “monster” sergeant major has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting a lesbian soldier following a drink-fuelled party, in an attack which left her considering suicide.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th June 2014

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Marine loses appeal against murder conviction – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in Afghanistan, appeals, armed forces, courts martial, murder, news by sally

‘A Royal Marine found guilty of murdering a badly injured Taliban insurgent has lost his fight to clear his name.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2014

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Former sniper Danny Nightingale loses bid to overturn conviction – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, courts martial, firearms, news, suspended sentences by tracey

‘Former SAS sniper Danny Nightingale has lost his latest bid against his conviction for illegally possessing a gun and ammunition.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2014

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Marine Al Blackman appeals against conviction for killing Afghan – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, courts martial, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Royal Marine jailed for life for murdering an injured Taliban insurgent in Helmand in 2011 is appealing against his conviction and sentence.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2014

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Reporting restrictions at courts martial: the need for a structured approach – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 9th, 2014 in courts martial, news, reporting restrictions by sally

‘On 15 September 2011 a patrol of Royal Marine Commandos were involved in an incident, which resulted in one of them, referred to as “Soldier A”, shooting dead an armed but seriously wounded Taliban fighter. Evidence of the shooting emerged later and five members of the patrol were eventually charged with murder. The charges against two of them were later dropped but the three remaining marines were tried for murder before the Court Martial. On 8 November 2013, Soldier A was found guilty of murder.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th January 2014

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Royal Marine to appeal against conviction for shooting Taliban fighter – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2014 in Afghanistan, appeals, armed forces, courts martial, murder, news by sally

‘A British marine jailed for at least 10 years after being found guilty of murdering an injured Taliban insurgent has launched a legal fight against his conviction and the length of his sentence.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2014

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