'Marine A' Al Blackman, from Taunton, appeal fails, but minimum sentence reduced

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A FORMER Royal Marine jailed for life for murdering a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has lost his appeal against his conviction.

But the appeal judges have reduced the minimum time Al Blackman, from Taunton, must spend behind bars from ten years to eight.

Blackman - who was referred to as Marine A throughout his trial - had appealed after being found guilty of murder at a court martial in November.

Thousands of supporters signed a petition hailing him a hero and demanding his release following his conviction.

He shot the seriously injured Afghan fighter in the chest with a 9mm pistol in Helmand Province in 2011.

The incident was captured on the head camera of a colleague.

Blackman, who was a sergeant with 42 Commando before his dismissal "with disgrace", was heard to say on the video: "Obviously this doesn't go anywhere fellas. I just broke the Geneva Convetion." 

 

 

 

 

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12:53pm Thu 22 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

This sentence has nothing to do with justice !


Its political keep the Muslims happy move!
This sentence has nothing to do with justice ! Its political keep the Muslims happy move! Mi_Coc
  • Score: -31

9:00pm Thu 22 May 14

fed up with thebull says...

i am glad i have never had to see the sights this marine has seen!!!!! , i would like to put the judges through the same experiences, and see how they would react when it came to the crunch !!!!!!!. It is because of this marine and his like< that they live in there cosy world!!!!
i am glad i have never had to see the sights this marine has seen!!!!! , i would like to put the judges through the same experiences, and see how they would react when it came to the crunch !!!!!!!. It is because of this marine and his like< that they live in there cosy world!!!! fed up with thebull
  • Score: -8

12:03am Fri 23 May 14

dick.1 says...

Without any doubt this must rate as one of the worst miscarriges of justice ever to lock up a good professional soldier for doing his job is beyond belief.
You cannot send people like him to war put them through hell and expect them not to protect themselves by killing those that are trying to kill them,
I know little of military matters but I think if I was a soldier in Afghanistan I would be proud to be alongside this man and would feel my chances of survival would benefit from his years of knowledge and training all of which is now wasted because of political correctness. A barrister friend of mine once said to me "There's no such thing as justice in law" and unfortunately no one will understand this better than Sgt Al Blackman.
Without any doubt this must rate as one of the worst miscarriges of justice ever to lock up a good professional soldier for doing his job is beyond belief. You cannot send people like him to war put them through hell and expect them not to protect themselves by killing those that are trying to kill them, I know little of military matters but I think if I was a soldier in Afghanistan I would be proud to be alongside this man and would feel my chances of survival would benefit from his years of knowledge and training all of which is now wasted because of political correctness. A barrister friend of mine once said to me "There's no such thing as justice in law" and unfortunately no one will understand this better than Sgt Al Blackman. dick.1
  • Score: -7

9:28am Fri 23 May 14

jellyonaplate says...

You still have our support Marine. No one outside the Armed Forces understands combat including myself. You deserve 100% respect. God bless you.
You still have our support Marine. No one outside the Armed Forces understands combat including myself. You deserve 100% respect. God bless you. jellyonaplate
  • Score: -15

3:24am Sat 24 May 14

Three Pots Derek says...

dick.1 wrote:
Without any doubt this must rate as one of the worst miscarriges of justice ever to lock up a good professional soldier for doing his job is beyond belief.
You cannot send people like him to war put them through hell and expect them not to protect themselves by killing those that are trying to kill them,
I know little of military matters but I think if I was a soldier in Afghanistan I would be proud to be alongside this man and would feel my chances of survival would benefit from his years of knowledge and training all of which is now wasted because of political correctness. A barrister friend of mine once said to me &quot;There's no such thing as justice in law" and unfortunately no one will understand this better than Sgt Al Blackman.
It seems that the enemy can fight dirty and cowardly with IED's etc and thats alright but when one of our soldiers that have been through hell and back retaliates he gets the book thrown at him. We have been fighting this 'war' losing our soldiers for what! I am not military minded but I would have been proud to serve with or under Sgt Blackman and I think he has been treated unjustly.
[quote][p][bold]dick.1[/bold] wrote: Without any doubt this must rate as one of the worst miscarriges of justice ever to lock up a good professional soldier for doing his job is beyond belief. You cannot send people like him to war put them through hell and expect them not to protect themselves by killing those that are trying to kill them, I know little of military matters but I think if I was a soldier in Afghanistan I would be proud to be alongside this man and would feel my chances of survival would benefit from his years of knowledge and training all of which is now wasted because of political correctness. A barrister friend of mine once said to me "There's no such thing as justice in law" and unfortunately no one will understand this better than Sgt Al Blackman.[/p][/quote]It seems that the enemy can fight dirty and cowardly with IED's etc and thats alright but when one of our soldiers that have been through hell and back retaliates he gets the book thrown at him. We have been fighting this 'war' losing our soldiers for what! I am not military minded but I would have been proud to serve with or under Sgt Blackman and I think he has been treated unjustly. Three Pots Derek
  • Score: 5

3:16pm Tue 27 May 14

Man of the people says...

Three Pots Derek wrote:
dick.1 wrote:
Without any doubt this must rate as one of the worst miscarriges of justice ever to lock up a good professional soldier for doing his job is beyond belief.
You cannot send people like him to war put them through hell and expect them not to protect themselves by killing those that are trying to kill them,
I know little of military matters but I think if I was a soldier in Afghanistan I would be proud to be alongside this man and would feel my chances of survival would benefit from his years of knowledge and training all of which is now wasted because of political correctness. A barrister friend of mine once said to me &quot;There's no such thing as justice in law" and unfortunately no one will understand this better than Sgt Al Blackman.
It seems that the enemy can fight dirty and cowardly with IED's etc and thats alright but when one of our soldiers that have been through hell and back retaliates he gets the book thrown at him. We have been fighting this 'war' losing our soldiers for what! I am not military minded but I would have been proud to serve with or under Sgt Blackman and I think he has been treated unjustly.
I don't particularly agree with the longevity of the sentence but you can't say that just because the enemy are fighting dirty we (armed forces) need to lower ourselves to killing a helpless (because at the time he was) individual. This comment will only get negative feedback but if you flipped it so it was the other way around, everybody would be saying true justice is an eye for an eye.
[quote][p][bold]Three Pots Derek[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dick.1[/bold] wrote: Without any doubt this must rate as one of the worst miscarriges of justice ever to lock up a good professional soldier for doing his job is beyond belief. You cannot send people like him to war put them through hell and expect them not to protect themselves by killing those that are trying to kill them, I know little of military matters but I think if I was a soldier in Afghanistan I would be proud to be alongside this man and would feel my chances of survival would benefit from his years of knowledge and training all of which is now wasted because of political correctness. A barrister friend of mine once said to me "There's no such thing as justice in law" and unfortunately no one will understand this better than Sgt Al Blackman.[/p][/quote]It seems that the enemy can fight dirty and cowardly with IED's etc and thats alright but when one of our soldiers that have been through hell and back retaliates he gets the book thrown at him. We have been fighting this 'war' losing our soldiers for what! I am not military minded but I would have been proud to serve with or under Sgt Blackman and I think he has been treated unjustly.[/p][/quote]I don't particularly agree with the longevity of the sentence but you can't say that just because the enemy are fighting dirty we (armed forces) need to lower ourselves to killing a helpless (because at the time he was) individual. This comment will only get negative feedback but if you flipped it so it was the other way around, everybody would be saying true justice is an eye for an eye. Man of the people
  • Score: 5

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