Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Alexander Blackman could be out of jail in two weeks

A Royal Marine who shot and killed an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan could be released from prison in two weeks.
Alexander Blackman, 42, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for diminished responsibility manslaughter after his murder conviction was overturned.

The sentence means he could be released from prison next month, once the time he has already served for his original conviction in November 2013 is taken into account.

There were huge cheers from the Royal Marine's supporters in the public gallery as the sentence was delivered.

Announcing the sentence, the panel of judges, led by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, said: "As with any person sentenced to a determinate term, his release will ordinarily be at the halfway point of the sentence."

Blackman has already served almost three-and-a-half years in prison after originally being sentenced to life with a minimum term of 10 years by a court martial, a sentence which was reduced to eight years on appeal.

His legal team say he could be released from jail in around two weeks, with the exact date still to be determined by the Prison Service.

Speaking after the sentencing, Blackman's wife Claire said: "We are overjoyed at the judges' decision to significantly reduce Al's sentence such that he can be released imminently.

"This is the moment we have all be fighting hard for. It is hard to believe that this day is finally here."

SKY     News.