Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 39, an experienced Royal Marine filmed executing an injured Taliban insurgent in cold blood, was jailed for life for murder by a court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire, today and told he will spend at least 10 years in prison.
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.
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.
A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured insurgent in Afghanistan is to be sentenced this morning.
Sgt Alexander Blackman, whose names was made public yesterday by judges, faces a life term.
A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent can be named as Sergeant Alexander Blackman following a High Court ruling.Read the full story ›
A Ministry of Defence spokesman has said:
The MoD acknowledges the lifting of the anonymity order in respect of Marine A.
We presented our security concerns in open court, and an independent legal process has now concluded; we respect the decision of the court.
Two Royal Marines who were acquitted by a court martial over the death of an Afghan insurgent should be named, judges have ruled.
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.
The shooting of an injured Afghan insurgent was filmed by a camera mounted on the helmet of Marine B.
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.
The sentencing hearing in relation to Marine A, who has been named as Sergeant Alexander Blackman, is due to take place tomorrow.
A judge has ruled that the anonymity of the Royal Marine convicted of murdering a seriously injured Afghan insurgent can be lifted.
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.
The question of whether two Royal Marines, against whom charges were discontinued, should be named will be the subject of a further hearing, judges have said.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Tugendhat and Mr Justice Holroyde in London, said Marine A, who was convicted of murdering an Afghan insurgent, should be publicly named along with two servicemen who were acquitted by a court martial.
A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent should be publicly named, leading judges in London ruled today.
Two acquitted servicemen should also be named, they said.