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  • 6 December 2013, 21:47

Afghan Murder Marine To Serve At Least 10 Years

A Royal Marine who murdered an Afghan insurgent has been sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was jailed for life but told he will have to serve the minimum sentence before he is eligible for parole.

The non-commissioned officer was found guilty of murder by a court martial board last month.

He had only previously been referred to as Marine A until Thursday when his name was made public by the High Court.

Blackman ,,, in full view for the first time, stood to attention in court, his hands by his sides, clenched into fists.

Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett told him: "You intended to kill him and that shot certainly hastened his death.

"This was not an action taken in the heat of battle.

"You treated that Afghan man with contempt and murdered him in cold blood.

"This offence was unique and unprecedented in recent history.

"You were obliged to care for him, instead you executed him."

Blackman was put on trial with two others, who were called Marines B and C, for the killing of an Afghan fighter, who was shot in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol.

The murder was filmed by a camera mounted on the helmet of one of his colleagues.

A recording of his words captured him admitting he had broken the Geneva Convention on the treatment of war prisoners.

Marines B and C were alleged to have been "party to the killing" and "encouraged and assisted" Marine A in committing the murder but were cleared.

Two other soldiers, against whom charges were discontinued, will be the subject of a further hearing to determine whether their names can also be released.

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