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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.
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.

The shooting of the injured Afghan insurgent was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet.
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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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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Identities of Marines B and C yet to be released

Two Royal Marines who were acquitted by a court martial over the death of an Afghan insurgent should be named, judges have ruled.

The shooting was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet.
The shooting was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet.

However, their identities will not be released pending a possible move by their lawyers to take the issue on to the Supreme Court, the UK's highest court.

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Marine convicted of Afghan insurgent's murder named

A judge has ruled that the anonymity of the Royal Marine convicted of murdering a seriously injured Afghan insurgent can be lifted.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman has been named as Marine A.
Sergeant Alexander Blackman has been named as Marine A. Credit: Topfoto

The commando, known as Marine A during the court martial, has been named as Sergeant Alexander Wayne Blackman.

Two other servicemen who were acquitted, known as Marines B and C, can also be named, the judges ruled.

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