Relatives win Iraq damages case

Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq secured a victory in the latest round of a compensation fight today when the Court of Appeal said they could pursue damages claims against the Government.

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Mother attacks 'despicable' attitude of Defence Ministry

The mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq has described the attitude of the Ministry of Defence as "despicable".

Standing outside the Royal Courts of Justice, Sue Smith of Tamworth in Staffordshire said: "It is just so dismissive. It 'doesn't matter'. They are Action Men. If you break them, just bury them."

Sue Smith outside the Royal Courts of Justice Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Mrs Smith's son, Private Phillip Hewett, was killed in Iraq seven years ago at the age of 21.

Lawyer Jocelyn Cockburn (L) and Sue Smith speak to media outside the Royal Courts of Justice Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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