Afghanistan soldier inquest

A coroner in Oxford has ruled that a Welsh soldier was unlawfully killed in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Lee Davies, and Corporal Brent McCarthy from Shropshire, were shot in Helmand Province last year.

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Soldier's family: Inquest has answered many questions

The family of a Welsh guardsman killed in Afghanistan say that losing him has left a huge hole in their lives.

They say an inquest into the death of Lance Corporal Lee Davies has answered many of their questions and given them some closure.

A coroner in Oxford ruled that Lee and an RAF policeman from Shropshire were unlawfully killed while on active service.

Coroner: Welsh soldier unlawfully killed in Afghanistan

A coroner has ruled that a Welsh soldier was unlawfully killed whilst on active service in Afghanistan last year.

Lance Corporal Davies served with the 1st Batallion Welsh Guards. Credit: Ministry of Defence

An inquest into the death of Lance Corporal Lee Davies, as well as Corporal Brent McCarthy from Shropshire, has been held in Oxford.

The inquest was told the British soldiers were killed by two Afghan policemen, in a so-called green-on-blue shooting, moments after they had all been chatting and posing for photographs with the men.

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Shot RAF policeman and soldier 'in wrong place at wrong time'

RAF policeman Cpl Brent McCarthy, from Telford, and Welsh Guard Lance Corporal Davies were just "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Speaking at the inquest into their deaths at Oxford Coroner's Court, Lieutenant Benjamin Bardsley said he believed their shooting was an "opportunist event" as no one had been told in advance they were going to be in the area.

They died in what is known as a green- on-blue attack - killed by the Afghan personnel they were mentoring. It is also known as an insider threat.

The insider threat at this time was very, very low.

The risk was deemed as low because it had not happened for a long period of time.

– Lieutenant Benjamin Bardsley, Welsh Guards

Afghanistan soldier inquest due to end today

Corporal Brent McCarthy (left), Corporal Lee Davies (right) Credit: MOD

The inquest into the death of a Welsh soldier who died in Afghanistan last year is due to end today.

Lance Corporal Lee Davies from Carmarthen and his colleague Corporal Brent McCarthy were both killed in Helmand Province last year.

They were shot by two men dressed in Afghan police uniforms.

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Inquest hear airmen's injuries were 'unsurvivable'

The inquest has been told the injuries of both men in the gun attack were unsurvivable. Nothing could have been done to save their lives .

Corporal Brent McCarthy, aged 25, from Telford, died of a gunshot wound to the chest from a small arms weapon fired at close range.

Welsh Guard Lance Corporal Davies, aged 27, from South Glamorgan, died from at least five shots from different angles. He had gunshot wounds to his head, chest and abdomen.

The inquest was told he would have lost consciousness immediately and it was likely he died very rapidly.

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