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Soldier from Middleton jailed for killing his best friend in Iraq

A soldier from Middleton has been sentenced to three years in prison after accidentally shooting his best friend in 2017.

Lance Corporal Colin Theaker accidentally fired a single shot at Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington, while they were serving together in Iraq.

Lance Corporal Theaker admitted manslaughter by gross negligence.

The court at Catterick Garrison heard the shot was fired from a pistol; while they were "playing around" in their living accommodation at Camp Taji.

Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington was shot dead in Iraq.