1. ITV Report

Deepcut soldier's family "want to discover the truth"

The Attorney General has given consent for the family of Private Sean Benton – who died at Deepcut barracks 21 years ago – to apply to the High Court for a fresh inquest into the circumstances around his death.

Liberty, acting on behalf of Pte Benton’s twin brother Tony Benton and sister Tracy Lewis, lodged a formal application with the Attorney General on 8 July 2015 requesting that the original inquest of July 1995 be quashed and a fresh one ordered.

Sean was the first of four young recruits to die of gunshot wounds at Deepcut between 1995 and 2002. The Attorney General’s decision comes shortly after the inquest into death of Pte Cheryl James who was found dead at the Surrey barracks in November 1995.

As in that case, the application for this inquest was made possible only after Sean’s mother, the late Linda Benton, used the Human Rights Act to persuade Surrey Police to disclose vital evidence about her son’s death.

Sean was found dead at Deepcut in 1995 Credit: PA
Private Cheryl James was also found dead at Deepcut Credit: ITV

We have been overwhelmed and disturbed by all the details of the shameful environment at Deepcut which have finally come to light through the Cheryl James inquest – it is terrible to think of Sean alone there.

More than two decades after our brother died – and having lost both our parents in recent years – Tony and I are determined to find out what happened to Sean. We thank the Attorney General for granting us permission to go ahead and look forward to the day when we may finally discover the truth.

– Tracy Lewis, Sean Benton’s sister