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Scrutiny into soldier's death

Lance Corporal Michael Pritchard died in Afghanistan in 2009

An inquest into the death of a military policeman from Sussex will take place today.

Twenty two year old Lance Corporal Michael Pritchard was from Eastbourne but based at Aldershot with the 4th Regiment, Royal Military Police.

He was shot on 20 December 2009. Today's inquest will look into the possibility that the soldier died as a result of friendly fire from a British sniper while he and several colleagues were stationed in an observation post at a patrol base on the roof of a building overlooking Route 611.

After his death, his commanding officer said "Lance Corporal Prichard was an exceptional soldier, professional and robust. He was everything you wanted in a Military Policeman, morally and physically courageous and the first to volunteer for even the toughest task... he was more than a good soldier, he was a loyal friend with a sincere and generous spirit and we all knew we could rely on him."

The inquest is expected to last two weeks.

Charlotte Wilkins has the latest from the inquest:

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