Officer in tears at soldier's inquest

An army officer fought back tears as he described how a Territorial Army soldier died of heatstroke under his command in Iraq at a new inquest into his death more than 10 years ago.

Private Jason Smith, 32, died in August 2003 of heatstroke in Iraq, where temperatures often exceeded 50C (122F).

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Cattermull, who was a major at the time, broke down as he said: "In context it was extremely hot, we were extremely busy, too busy, and we didn't have enough resources - be that manpower, be that equipment - to do what we were asked to do.

"We had asked for more manpower but we had a mission to do and we were going to do it the best we knew with the resources available."