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UK: ‘Marine A’ has murder conviction overturned

United Kingdom, London
March 15, 2017 at 16:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

The murder conviction of former Royal Marine, Alexander Blackman, known as 'Marine A,' jailed in 2013 for killing a Taliban insurgent while on patrol in Helmand Province in 2011, was overturned by the judges of Royal Courts of Justice in London, Wednesday.

Marine A’s wife Claire Blackman said she is “delighted at the judges’ decision to substitute manslaughter by diminished responsibility” and that it is a “crucial decision and one that will better reflect circumstances that my husband found himself in during that terrible tour of Afghanistan.”

Blackman was handed a life sentence for murder by court martial in 2013 after footage from a colleagues helmet-mounted camera showed him shooting dead a wounded Taliban insurgent.

The appeal was granted in December 2016 after new evidence was handed to the Criminal Cases Review Commission detailing warnings signs that Marine A's unit were suffering from mental and physical exhaustion.

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The murder conviction of former Royal Marine, Alexander Blackman, known as 'Marine A,' jailed in 2013 for killing a Taliban insurgent while on patrol in Helmand Province in 2011, was overturned by the judges of Royal Courts of Justice in London, Wednesday.

Marine A’s wife Claire Blackman said she is “delighted at the judges’ decision to substitute manslaughter by diminished responsibility” and that it is a “crucial decision and one that will better reflect circumstances that my husband found himself in during that terrible tour of Afghanistan.”

Blackman was handed a life sentence for murder by court martial in 2013 after footage from a colleagues helmet-mounted camera showed him shooting dead a wounded Taliban insurgent.

The appeal was granted in December 2016 after new evidence was handed to the Criminal Cases Review Commission detailing warnings signs that Marine A's unit were suffering from mental and physical exhaustion.

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