Monday 18 December 2017

Irish soldier's death unlawful, inquest finds

An Irish-born soldier serving in the British army who was shot in the head in a safe haven at a live-fire shooting range was unlawfully killed, an inquest jury in Cardiff found.

Cork-born Michael "Mike" Maguire (21) was hit by a single machine gun bullet fired by a fellow soldier during a training exercise. Mr Maguire was relaxing at a secure location just outside a training range at the Castlemartin Ranges, in Pembrokeshire, in May last year.

The fatal bullet was fired 1km away inland towards another group of recruits on a live fire exercise. All live fire should have been safely aimed out to sea.

The family of Mr Maguire welcomed the outcome.

A Health and Safety investigation and Army Special Investigation Branch inquiry are ongoing.

Irish Independent

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