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Marine A to have appeal hearing early next year

Marine A will have his appeal hearing early next year

There was disappointment for Marine A's wife and legal team today as the judge denied his bail application. Alexander Blackman from Taunton is currently serving a life sentence for shooting a wounded Afghan fighter 5 years ago.

Speaking a little earlier our political correspondent David Wood us that for a judge to release a convicted murdered on bail there has to be exceptional circumstances and the judge in this case clearly didn't think there were any.

Claire Blackman and their legal team now has their focus set on his appeal which will happen towards the end of January/early February.

Marine A bail bid announcement expected today

'Marine A' - Alexander Blackman. Credit: Family

A Royal Marine who was jailed for the murder of an Afghan insurgent is expected to receive a decision on whether he will be released on bail today.

The Royal Court of Justice court was due to hear an application for Blackman to be released while he awaits an appeal hearing against his conviction on Friday but the decision was postponed.

Alexander Blackman from Taunton - also known as Marine A - was jailed for shooting a wounded Afghan insurgent five years ago.


Marine A bail hearing postponed

A Royal Marine who was jailed for the murder of an Afghan fighter has had his bail hearing postponed.

Alexander Blackman was due to hear today whether he will be released ahead of an appeal against his conviction.

But judges chose to postpone their decision until Wednesday saying they needed more time to look at evidence around Blackman's mental health.

Blackman's wife Claire left court to applause and cheers of "stay strong".

Alexander Blackman's wife Claire leaves court arm in arm with security Credit: ITV News


Prime Minister's plans for the South West

The Prime Minister and Chancellor on the campaign trail in Somerset Credit: PA

With just 100 days left to win your vote, both the Prime Minister and Chancellor were on the campaign trail in Somerset this afternoon

David Cameron and George Osborne called in to Somerset College in Taunton to announce details of a six point plan to boost the West's economy.

It's a substantial announcement not just about what has been done here in the south west but what has been planned to do.

The investment and expertise in cyber, making the most of the defence assets in the south west, promoting another 7,000 jobs in tourism in the south west, looking at the crucial rail building that we need to do. So these are serious thought-out and costed plans for the future, not just words on a page

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

You can watch Mr Cameron's full interview with our Political Correspondent, Bob Constantine here:

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