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Marine found guilty of Afghan murder named as Sergeant Alexander Blackman

Sergeant Alexander Blackman has been named as Marine A. Photo: Topfoto

A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent can be named as Sergeant Alexander Blackman following a High Court ruling.

Blackman, who was aged 39 at the time of the court martial, had 15 years' experience in the Royal Marines after joined in 1998

He had completed three tours in Iraq, two in Afghanistan and one in Northern Ireland during his military career.

The shooting was filmed by a camera was mounted on Marine B's helmet.

Blackman, who is 6ft 3in, was considered a safe pair of hands by his superiors and was in charge of Command Post Omar in Helmand province during Operation Herrick 14 in 2011.

An expert in heavy weapons, including machine guns, he was credited with building good relations with the local population and was friendly with a mullah who lived close to CP Omar.

His role in Afghanistan also included taking part in shuras - meetings with community leaders and elders.

Prior to the video of the murder coming to light, Blackman was being considered for promotion to Colour Sergeant.