County Durham soldier "died in drunken shooting"

An inquest has heard how a County Durham soldier died in a drunken shooting incident while he was with three comrades in Iraq, one of them told mourners at his wake.

Lance Corporal David Wilson had become a father just weeks before and had "everything to live for" when he died at the airbase in 2008.

At the time the Ministry of Defence said Lance Corporal Wilson was not attacked by enemy forces and there was "no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved".

Brenda Trotter told the inquest in Crook she had asked one of the soldiers present at the wake if Iraqis were to blame.

"He turned around and said 'No, there were four of us. We had been drinking. Something happened that should never have happened'," she said. "I was stunned."

Her daughter Michelle heard the soldier say: "We were all drunk. It was something that never should have happened."

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Inquest into soldier's death

An inquest into the death of Lance Corporal David Wilson, who was found dead in his base in Basra, Iraq, is taking place in County Durham.