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Plymouth marine starts life sentence

A Plymouth based marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent is tonight beginning a life sentence for murder. Sergeant Alexander Blackman who served with 42 Commando will serve a minimum of ten years. He was sentenced at a Military Court in Wiltshire this afternoon.

Blackman, who lives in Taunton, killed the man two years ago.

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Marine 'devastated' at life sentence for Afghan murder

A Royal Marine said he is "devastated" at being handed a life sentence for murdering an injured Afghan insurgent.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman said he was "very sorry" for his actions, which were filmed on the headcam of a comrade during the patrol in "the most dangerous square mile in Afghanistan".

Sergeant Alexander Blackman (right) was filmed on a fellow Royal Marine's headcam. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

Speaking after Blackman was led away to begin his sentence in a civilian prison, his solicitor Issy Hogg thanked the public for the support they have shown to him and his wife.

"He has been dismissed with disgrace from the Royal Marines, with whom he has served proudly for 15 years," said, adding that Blackman intends to appeal.

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Judge: Marine's actions put British troops' lives at risk

A Royal Marine jailed for life for the murder of an Afghan insurgent was told by the judge sentencing him he had disgraced the name of the British armed forces and put troops' lives at risk by his actions.

Judge Jeff Blackett told Sergeant Alexander Blackman: "This was not an action taken in the heat of battle or immediately after you had been engaged in a firefight.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

"Nor were you under any immediate threat - the video footage shows that you were in complete control of yourself, standing around for several minutes and not apparently worried that you might be at risk of attack by other insurgents.

"You treated that Afghan man with contempt and murdered him in cold blood. By doing so you have betrayed your corps and all British service personnel who have served in Afghanistan, and you have tarnished their reputation."

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Marine jailed for life for executing Taliban insurgent

Sergeant Alexander Blackman has been named as Marine A referred to throughout the trial.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 39, an experienced Royal Marine filmed executing an injured Taliban insurgent in cold blood, was jailed for life for murder by a court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire, today and told he will spend at least 10 years in prison.

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Leniency plea for Marine guilty of Afghan murder

A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent should be shown leniency due to the "exceptional circumstances" of the case, a court martial heard today.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 39, who has 15 years' experience in the Royal Marines, faces life imprisonment after executing the man in "cold blood" in Helmand Province in 2011.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

But a judge and court martial board have been urged to pass the shortest sentence possible to give Blackman "a real anticipation of release".

The military court in Bulford, Wiltshire, is not due to deliver the sentence until this afternoon.

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Marine to be sentenced for murdering Afghan insurgent

Sergeant Alexander Blackman lost his anonymity after a court ruling yesterday Credit: Topfoto

A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured insurgent in Afghanistan is to be sentenced this morning.

Sgt Alexander Blackman, whose names was made public yesterday by judges, faces a life term.

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Sentencing due today

The Plymouth-based marine, Sergeant Alexander Blackman, will be sentenced today at a Military Court in Wiltshire for the murder of an unknown Afghan civilian.

Sgt Blackman was accused along with four other marines of murdering a captured Afghan while on patrol in September, 2011.

Sgt Alexander Blackman will be sentenced at the Military Court Centre at Bulford in Wiltshire
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MoD acknowledges lifting of Marine anonymity order

A Ministry of Defence spokesman has said:

The MoD acknowledges the lifting of the anonymity order in respect of Marine A.

We presented our security concerns in open court, and an independent legal process has now concluded; we respect the decision of the court.

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