Army Major given suspended jail term for possession of secret documents – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 28th, 2012 in armed forces, courts martial, documents, firearms, news, suspended sentences by tracey

“Major Robert Armstrong, who was awarded the MC for gallantry three years ago, faced a court martial for separate charges, including the possession of secret documents which the judge said could have undermined national security.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Armstrong – WLR Daily

Posted February 6th, 2012 in courts martial, criminal procedure, guilty pleas, law reports by sally

Regina v Armstrong [2012] EWCA Crim 83; [2012] WLR (D) 22

“If in the military courts a judge did not approve of a course that a military prosecutor intended to take the proper course for the judge was to ask for the matter to be referred either to the Director of Service Prosecutions or to the Attorney General, as might be appropriate.”

WLR Daily, 1st February 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

RAF helicopter crash co-pilot spared jail – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2011 in aircraft, courts martial, news, sentencing by tracey

“The co-pilot of an RAF helicopter that crashed during a ‘jolly’, killing the pilot and two others, has avoided jail.”

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BBC News, 16th December 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

A human right to object to war – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 13th, 2011 in appeals, conscientious objection, courts martial, human rights, news, war by sally

“Moral objections to the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan do not constitute a defence to an insubordination charge, the Court Martial Appeal Court has ruled. The appellant was not entitled to disobey a lawful command on the ground of conscientious objection.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th December 2011

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Ministry of Defence agrees to more openness on courts martial – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2011 in armed forces, courts martial, freedom of information, news by sally

“Bruised by revelations of wrongdoing by British troops, the Ministry of Defence has agreed to be more transparent and provide more information about courts martial and other action taken against members of the armed forces, the Guardian has been told.”

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The Guardian, 5th December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Navy Afghan war objector Michael Lyons loses appeal – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2011 in appeals, armed forces, conscientious objection, courts martial, news, war by tracey

“A Royal Navy medic who refused to attend rifle training because of his objection to the war in Afghanistan has lost an appeal against his detention.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Navy commander jailed for six months for allowance fraud – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2011 in courts martial, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

“Anthony Gray also ordered to pay back £53,000 he claimed to send children to boarding school after spilt from wife.”

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The Guardian, 5th August 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Royal Navy commander dishonestly claimed school fees – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2011 in armed forces, courts martial, education, fees, fraud, news by tracey

“A commander in the Royal Navy has been found guilty of dishonestly claiming allowances to send his two children to boarding school.”

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BBC News, 12th July 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Navy ‘objector’ jailed – The Independent

“A Royal Navy medic was sentenced to seven months’ detention in a military correction facility today after he was found guilty of disobeying a legal order by refusing to attend rifle training because of his ‘moral objection’ to bearing arms and the war in Afghanistan.”

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The Independent, 5th July 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Plymouth navy ‘objector’ medic before court martial – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2011 in armed forces, conscientious objection, courts martial, news by sally

“A Royal Navy medic from Plymouth has appeared before a court martial on a charge of wilful disobedience for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan.”

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BBC News, 1st April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Twaite – WLR Daily

Posted January 4th, 2011 in courts martial, human rights, law reports, verdicts by sally

Regina v Twaite [2010] EWCA Crim 2973; [2010] WLR (D) 342

“Majority verdicts at a hearing before a Courts Martial were not, as a matter of principle, on that account alone to be regarded as blemished by unfairness or uncertainty or lack of safety.”

WLR Daily, 22nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Military justice – BBC Law in Action

Posted November 3rd, 2010 in armed forces, courts martial, podcasts by sally

“Joshua Rozenberg asks whether recent reforms to the military justice system are sufficient to restore confidence in the way the armed forces deal with crimes committed by their own troops.”

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BBC Law in Action, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Two Royal Marines dismissed over assault of Afghan prisoner – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2010 in armed forces, assault, courts martial, news, sentencing by sally

“Two Royal Marines were sentenced today for assaulting an Afghan prisoner held on suspicion of planting a bomb. Sergeant Mark Leader, based at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, was found guilty by a court martial panel of assault causing actual bodily harm on Mohammad Ekhlas on March 19 last year. Captain Jody Wheelhouse, from 45 Commando, Arbroath, Scotland, admitted the same offence at an earlier hearing. Wheelhouse was sentenced to dismissal with disgrace, while Leader was dismissed.”

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The Guardian, 7th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Awol soldier Joe Glenton in jail sentence appeal – BBC News

“A soldier who was jailed after refusing to return to Afghanistan is appealing against his sentence.”

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BBC News, 11th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mother assesses ‘beasting’ review – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2009 in armed forces, bullying, courts martial, judicial review, news by sally

“The mother of a soldier who died after an army punishment is considering a judicial review to overturn a decision not to court-martial those involved.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Afghan war unlawful, says ‘deserter’ – The Independent

Posted August 4th, 2009 in armed forces, courts martial, news, war by sally

“A soldier facing court martial over his refusal to serve in Afghanistan is expected to claim in his defence that the war is unlawful.”

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The Independent, 4th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Army training instructors guilty of mistreatment at Catterick Garrison – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 8th, 2009 in armed forces, courts martial, fines, news by sally

“Two Army training instructors have been found guilty of ill-treating young recruits at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Courts martial reforms outlined

Posted January 5th, 2009 in courts martial, news by sally

“Prosecutors and military police are to forge closer links as part of a reformed courts martial system.”

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BBC News, 2nd January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Courts martial after BBC filming – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2008 in armed forces, bullying, courts martial, news by sally

“Four Army training instructors will face courts martial after allegations of abuse that came to light during an undercover investigation by the BBC.”

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BBC News, 20th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

No court martial for sergeant blamed over soldiers’ deaths – The Independent

Posted November 3rd, 2008 in courts martial, news by sally

“An army sergeant who gave the wrong co-ordinates to a US warplane which dropped a 500lb bomb on British troops in Afghanistan, killing three of them, will not face a court martial, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Independent, 1st November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk