Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Marine "A" cleared of murder

Marine "A" serving life for the murder of a Taliban insurgent in Afghan has had his conviction downgraded to manslaughter. 

Of course, we now know he is Sgt Alexander Blackman.

The Court accepted his plea that he was mentally ill at the time.

Which is nonsense. He should never have been convicted. There is no evidence that the man he shot is even dead. And if he is dead, given that he had just be shot to pieces by the chaingun on an Apache, there is no evidence that Blackman's bullet did anything to cause or hasten his death.

Sgt Blackman should be acquitted, released, and his pay should be docked by the cost of the one 9mm round he wasted.

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