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Marine convicted of murdering Afghan loses appeal

Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, who was found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan fighter last year, has lost his challenge against his conviction at the Court of Appeal in London.

Although the Court Martial Appeal Court rejected a conviction challenge by Sergeant Alexander Blackman, three leading judges cut his minimum term from ten to eight years - the least time he must now serve before becoming eligible to apply for parole.


Marines get to work sandbagging in Moorland

Royal Marines are back at work near the Somerset village of Moorland today stacking sandbags into flood defences.

More: Around 40 Marines deployed to help in flooded village

Around 40 Marines deployed to help in flooded village

Around 40 Royal Marines were deployed to the flooded Somerset village of Moorland to help with the relief effort overnight.

Members of 40 Commando Royal Marines arrive in Moorland, Somerset Credit: Ministry of Defence

They worked alongside emergency service workers on a range of tasks including sandbagging and moving householders’ property to higher levels.

A Marine builds a flood defence around a building in Moorland Credit: Ministry of Defence

The Marines were sent from 40 Commando Royal Marines based at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton.

A Marine unloads a sandbay Credit: Ministry of Defence

Decision to name Royal Marines made in High Court

The decision to name two Royal Marines who were cleared of murdering an injured insurgent in Afghanistan was made following a ruling earlier this month by judges at the High Court.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was filmed by a headcam. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas announced on December 5 that an anonymity order in the case of convicted murderer Sergeant Alexander Wayne Blackman, who was known as Marine A, and also in relation to two acquitted servicemen should be lifted.

Although judges said the identities of Marine B, Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson, and Marine C, Marine Jack Alexander Hammond, should be released, a move by their lawyers delayed the process.

However, a deadline to take the issue of their identities to the UK's highest court, the Supreme Court, passed and the Marines' names were released today/

The question of naming the two other Royal Marines, referred to as Marines D and E, against whom charges were discontinued, will be the subject of a further hearing.


Naming of Marines follows colleague's life sentence

The naming of two Royal Marines who were acquitted of the murder of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan comes after one of their colleagues was given a life sentence for the killing.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was named as Marine A.

Marine A, who was later named as Alexander Blackman, will spend at least 10 years in prison for the murder, which was filmed on the headcam of a comrade during a patrol in Afghanistan.

Blackman said he was "devastated" at being given a life sentence and was "very sorry" for his actions.

The two Marines acquitted of the murder were named as Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond today after the High Court lifted an anonymity order.

Two Marines acquitted over insurgent murder named

Two Royal Marines who were acquitted of the murder of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan can be named for the first time as Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond.

The High Court confirmed that an anonymity order preventing publication of their identities has been lifted.

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. 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.

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. 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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