Marine 'devastated' at life sentence for Afghan murder

A Royal Marine said he is "devastated" at being handed a life sentence for murdering an injured Afghan insurgent. Sergeant Alexander Blackman said he was "very sorry" for his actions.

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Marine 'devastated' at life sentence for Afghan murder

A Royal Marine said he is "devastated" at being handed a life sentence for murdering an injured Afghan insurgent.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman said he was "very sorry" for his actions, which were filmed on the headcam of a comrade during the patrol in "the most dangerous square mile in Afghanistan".

Sergeant Alexander Blackman (right) was filmed on a fellow Royal Marine's headcam.
Sergeant Alexander Blackman (right) was filmed on a fellow Royal Marine's headcam. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

Speaking after Blackman was led away to begin his sentence in a civilian prison, his solicitor Issy Hogg thanked the public for the support they have shown to him and his wife.

"He has been dismissed with disgrace from the Royal Marines, with whom he has served proudly for 15 years," said, adding that Blackman intends to appeal.

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Judge: Marine's actions put British troops' lives at risk

A Royal Marine jailed for life for the murder of an Afghan insurgent was told by the judge sentencing him he had disgraced the name of the British armed forces and put troops' lives at risk by his actions.

Judge Jeff Blackett told Sergeant Alexander Blackman: "This was not an action taken in the heat of battle or immediately after you had been engaged in a firefight.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet.
Sergeant Alexander Blackman was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

"Nor were you under any immediate threat - the video footage shows that you were in complete control of yourself, standing around for several minutes and not apparently worried that you might be at risk of attack by other insurgents.

"You treated that Afghan man with contempt and murdered him in cold blood. By doing so you have betrayed your corps and all British service personnel who have served in Afghanistan, and you have tarnished their reputation."

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Leniency plea for Marine guilty of Afghan murder

A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent should be shown leniency due to the "exceptional circumstances" of the case, a court martial heard today.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 39, who has 15 years' experience in the Royal Marines, faces life imprisonment after executing the man in "cold blood" in Helmand Province in 2011.

The shooting of the injured Afghan insurgent was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet.
Sergeant Alexander Blackman was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

But a judge and court martial board have been urged to pass the shortest sentence possible to give Blackman "a real anticipation of release".

The military court in Bulford, Wiltshire, is not due to deliver the sentence until this afternoon.

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Identities of Marines B and C yet to be released

Two Royal Marines who were acquitted by a court martial over the death of an Afghan insurgent should be named, judges have ruled.

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

However, their identities will not be released pending a possible move by their lawyers to take the issue on to the Supreme Court, the UK's highest court.

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Shooting of Afghan insurgent was filmed by headcam

The shooting of an injured Afghan insurgent was filmed by a camera mounted on the helmet of Marine B.

The camera was mounted on Marine B's helmet.
The camera was mounted on Marine B's helmet.

Marines B and C were alleged to have been ''party to the killing'' and ''encouraged and assisted'' Marine A in committing the murder, but they were cleared.

Royal Marines are seen in the footage taken from a collegue's headcam.
Royal Marines are seen in the footage taken from a collegue's headcam.

The sentencing hearing in relation to Marine A, who has been named as Sergeant Alexander Blackman, is due to take place tomorrow.

A commando is seen to the right of the helmet camera footage.
A commando is seen to the right of the helmet camera footage.

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Marine convicted of Afghan insurgent's murder named

A judge has ruled that the anonymity of the Royal Marine convicted of murdering a seriously injured Afghan insurgent can be lifted.

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

The commando, known as Marine A during the court martial, has been named as Sergeant Alexander Wayne Blackman.

Two other servicemen who were acquitted, known as Marines B and C, can also be named, the judges ruled.

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