Court martial releases recording of Marines 'killing Afghan'

A Royal Marine is seen in the footage released.
A Royal Marine is seen in the footage released. Photo:

Still images and an audio recording have been released of three Royal Marines allegedly murdering a captured Afghan man in 2011. A court martial board is current considering their verdict on the trio, who all deny the charge.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

Three marines, known only as Marines A, B and C have been charged with murdering the man, who was lying in a field seriously injured after an Apache helicopter attack.

After the shot is fired, Marine A can be heard telling the man: "There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil you c***. It's nothing you wouldn't do to us."

During the trial, court martial heard the insurgent had been shot at with 139 30mm anti-tank rounds but was still alive - albeit seriously injured - when discovered by the patrol.

Marine A is heard asking "Anybody want to do first aid on this idiot?".

Marine B is heard to loudly reply "no". Marine C offers to shoot the man in the head, which is refused as Marine A rules "that would be f****** obvious".

Two commados are seen in the headcam footage.
Two commados are seen in the headcam footage.

Marine A is seen walking forward, bending down, and shooting the man at close range in the centre of his chest with a 9mm pistol.Giving evidence to the court martial, Marine A insisted he believed the insurgent was dead at the time and he was simply shooting into a corpse in anger.

After shooting the man, Marine A is seen turning to the other members of the patrol and telling them "Obviously this doesn't go anywhere fellas."I just broke the Geneva Convention."