Mum of soldier killed in Iraq says MoD has duty of care

The mother of Private Phillip Hewett, 21, who was killed in Iraq in 2005 in a Snatch Rover, will find out today whether she can sue the Government for compensation.

Today the Supreme Court hands down judgement on in the case where relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq have accused the Ministry of Defence of negligence and breaches of human rights.

They say equipment such as Snatch Land Rovers and Callenger II tanks were substandard and unable to protect service personel.

Susan Smith said: "Soldiers are out there fighting for other people's freedom but are not given that duty of care.

"I think, as an employer [the MoD] owe their employees the same care as everyone else."

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Soldiers' families can sue MoD

The Supreme Court has ruled that relatives of three soldiers killed in Iraq can sue the MoD for damages. The families say it failed to provide them sufficient protection after they were killed by roadside bombs while in lightly armoured Land Rovers.