Soldier killed as a result of poor safety practices

Fusilier James Wilkinson in uniform and smiling
Fusilier James Wilkinson. Credit: Ministry of Defence

A soldier killed during military training died as a result of poor safety practices, an inquest jury has ruled.

Fusilier James Wilkinson, from Whitefield, was shot through the neck by a colleague trying to fix a jammed machine gun during a live firing exercise in Kenya in November 2011.

In a narrative verdict the jury at the inquest in Oldham found the 21 year old died as a result of an "inappropriate" and "ill-judged" decision by a senior officer to fix the weapon.

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An inquest has ruled a soldier killed during military training died as a result of poor safety practices.