Marine A Sgt Al Blackman appeal against murder conviction in High Court today

Somerset County Gazette: Sgt Alexander Blackman. Sgt Alexander Blackman.

A ROYAL Marine jailed for life for murdering an injured Afghan insurgent is hoping to be freed today (April 10).

Sgt Alexander Blackman, 39, of Taunton, is appealing against his conviction and the ten-year minimum prison term imposed for executing a Taliban prisoner in Helmand Province.

Throughout his trial he was named as Marine A and his identity was only revealed after he was found guilty at a court martial in December.

He is serving his sentence in a civilian prison.

His appeal is being heard by the country’s three most senior High Court judges today, when the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, will be presiding.

Thousands of people protested after Blackman was told he must serve at least ten years before being eligible for parole.

His trial heard that he shot the insurgent in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol after a patrol base came under attack from small arms fire.

Blackman was filmed by a camera mounted on the helmet of another Marine.

His anonymity was lifted after a ruling in the High Court, but the anonymity of two other Marines is still in place.

All three Marines denied murdering the Afghan in September 2011, contrary to section 42 of the Armed Forces Act 2006.

Blackman, a member of 42 Commando in Plymouth, is the first British serviceman since at least the Second World War to be convicted of murder during an overseas deployment.

A BBC1 documentary last night posed the question of whether he is a war hero, victim or murderer.

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5:07pm Thu 10 Apr 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Good luck, hope they quash your conviction.
Good luck, hope they quash your conviction. FreeSpeech?
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2:09pm Sat 12 Apr 14

jellyonaplate says...

I hope you were freed. You are a war hero. Never doubt yourself soldier.
I hope you were freed. You are a war hero. Never doubt yourself soldier. jellyonaplate
  • Score: -2

10:01pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Roger the cabinboy says...

He isn't a war hero - he did nothing brave and brought shame on his country and family. Let him rot
He isn't a war hero - he did nothing brave and brought shame on his country and family. Let him rot Roger the cabinboy
  • Score: -6

12:53pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Mi_Coc says...

Roger the cabinboy wrote:
He isn't a war hero - he did nothing brave and brought shame on his country and family. Let him rot
He was a soldier on a difficult tour, he fired a shot into a dead or injured enemy. Fighting an enemy who use women and children as shields and wear no uniform must be very hard on a soldier, sometimes its hard to tell who is the threat.

To charge him with murder is madness, he may of done wrong but he is a soildier with a good record the hole case is madness. I sanction for his behivour may be due but prison for murder is madness.

Shame on the couts and the government he should be realeased.
[quote][p][bold]Roger the cabinboy[/bold] wrote: He isn't a war hero - he did nothing brave and brought shame on his country and family. Let him rot[/p][/quote]He was a soldier on a difficult tour, he fired a shot into a dead or injured enemy. Fighting an enemy who use women and children as shields and wear no uniform must be very hard on a soldier, sometimes its hard to tell who is the threat. To charge him with murder is madness, he may of done wrong but he is a soildier with a good record the hole case is madness. I sanction for his behivour may be due but prison for murder is madness. Shame on the couts and the government he should be realeased. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -1

5:00pm Mon 14 Apr 14

feeby12007 says...

One should never judge another for their actions. Civilians have no idea what the armed forces go through in combat. Learn to understand perhaps?
One should never judge another for their actions. Civilians have no idea what the armed forces go through in combat. Learn to understand perhaps? feeby12007
  • Score: 4

5:04pm Mon 14 Apr 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Roger the cabinboy wrote:
He isn't a war hero - he did nothing brave and brought shame on his country and family. Let him rot
Roger the cabinboy, more like Roger the knobber.
[quote][p][bold]Roger the cabinboy[/bold] wrote: He isn't a war hero - he did nothing brave and brought shame on his country and family. Let him rot[/p][/quote]Roger the cabinboy, more like Roger the knobber. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -4

9:52pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Roger the cabinboy says...

What the lot of you forget is that all this was caught on camera. The fight was over. The Afghan was injured and incapable of fighting. This soldier could have done the 'right thing' and showed the Afghan people that we are not barbarians. Instead of trying to win their hearts, he lowered himself to the standards of a common criminal. There was NOTHING difficult about the circumstances. He chose to kill another human being in cold blood. So once again, I say let him rot in jail for killing another human being in cold blood and NOT in the heat of battle. It is all on tape! Cheers!
What the lot of you forget is that all this was caught on camera. The fight was over. The Afghan was injured and incapable of fighting. This soldier could have done the 'right thing' and showed the Afghan people that we are not barbarians. Instead of trying to win their hearts, he lowered himself to the standards of a common criminal. There was NOTHING difficult about the circumstances. He chose to kill another human being in cold blood. So once again, I say let him rot in jail for killing another human being in cold blood and NOT in the heat of battle. It is all on tape! Cheers! Roger the cabinboy
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ladybird14 says...

feeby12007 wrote:
One should never judge another for their actions. Civilians have no idea what the armed forces go through in combat. Learn to understand perhaps?
i agree civilians have no idea what our men go through ,he should not be in jail but at home with his family
[quote][p][bold]feeby12007[/bold] wrote: One should never judge another for their actions. Civilians have no idea what the armed forces go through in combat. Learn to understand perhaps?[/p][/quote]i agree civilians have no idea what our men go through ,he should not be in jail but at home with his family ladybird14
  • Score: 0

4:54pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ladybird14 says...

Roger the cabinboy wrote:
What the lot of you forget is that all this was caught on camera. The fight was over. The Afghan was injured and incapable of fighting. This soldier could have done the 'right thing' and showed the Afghan people that we are not barbarians. Instead of trying to win their hearts, he lowered himself to the standards of a common criminal. There was NOTHING difficult about the circumstances. He chose to kill another human being in cold blood. So once again, I say let him rot in jail for killing another human being in cold blood and NOT in the heat of battle. It is all on tape! Cheers!
you have no idea how many soldiers have we lost win there hearts you are having a bloody laugh what do think they could all sit down for coffee you are a joke
[quote][p][bold]Roger the cabinboy[/bold] wrote: What the lot of you forget is that all this was caught on camera. The fight was over. The Afghan was injured and incapable of fighting. This soldier could have done the 'right thing' and showed the Afghan people that we are not barbarians. Instead of trying to win their hearts, he lowered himself to the standards of a common criminal. There was NOTHING difficult about the circumstances. He chose to kill another human being in cold blood. So once again, I say let him rot in jail for killing another human being in cold blood and NOT in the heat of battle. It is all on tape! Cheers![/p][/quote]you have no idea how many soldiers have we lost win there hearts you are having a bloody laugh what do think they could all sit down for coffee you are a joke ladybird14
  • Score: -1

8:31pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Roger the cabinboy says...

You are all missing the point. When you sign up to become a soldier, you sign up to a code of conduct which includes the Geneva Convention. If you don't agree with that than choose a more gentle career, perhaps a librarian. This soldier broke in his own words, The Geneva Convention. He should now be man enough to face the consequences of his actions. And by the way, I HAVE served in the forces and have done a tour of duty in Iraq so unlike most if not all the commentators here, I am not an armchair soldier.
If you want to point fingers, point them at the politicians who have created this mess.
You are all missing the point. When you sign up to become a soldier, you sign up to a code of conduct which includes the Geneva Convention. If you don't agree with that than choose a more gentle career, perhaps a librarian. This soldier broke in his own words, The Geneva Convention. He should now be man enough to face the consequences of his actions. And by the way, I HAVE served in the forces and have done a tour of duty in Iraq so unlike most if not all the commentators here, I am not an armchair soldier. If you want to point fingers, point them at the politicians who have created this mess. Roger the cabinboy
  • Score: 3

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