Marine A Alexander Blackman's murder conviction quashed

Marine Alexander Blackman's murder conviction is quashed

Marine A's murder conviction has been quashed

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Royal Marine who shot an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has won an appeal against his murder conviction.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman, known as Marine A, had the conviction quashed by five judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London.

They replaced it with manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

There will now be a further hearing at an as-yet-unspecified date to decide the sentence Blackman now has to serve.

Blackman is currently serving a life sentence in prison and was not present for the ruling in the packed courtroom today (March 15), according to The Guardian.

He was convicted in November 2013 by a court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire, and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 10 years.

The minimum term was later reduced to eight years because of the combat stress disorder he was suffering from. 

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