Marine A loses appeal

Marine A, who was from Taunton, loses appeal

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Marine A loses battle to overturn conviction

A Plymouth-based Royal Marine, who was found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan fighter, has lost a bid to take his battle to overturn his conviction to the Supreme Court.

Three leading judges have refused to give Sergeant Alexander Blackman from Taunton permission to appeal to Britain's highest court.

After being convicted last November at a court martial in Wiltshire, Blackman was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 10 years.

Marine A loses appeal but has sentence reduced

A marine from Taunton has today lost his appeal against a conviction for murder after he was filmed shooting a wounded Afghan fighter. Sgt Alexander Blackman, also known as Marine A, was found guilty by a court martial in Wiltshire last year.

But the appeal court did reduce his minimum sentence from ten years to eight after hearing he was suffering from combat stress. Bob Constantine reports.

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Marine convicted of murdering Afghan loses appeal

Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, who was found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan fighter last year, has lost his challenge against his conviction at the Court of Appeal in London.

Although the Court Martial Appeal Court rejected a conviction challenge by Sergeant Alexander Blackman, three leading judges cut his minimum term from ten to eight years - the least time he must now serve before becoming eligible to apply for parole.