Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Delay Boost to Family's Battle

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Delay Boost to Family's Battle

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Byline: By Neville Dean

Police probing the deaths of four Deepcut barracks soldiers - one from Co Durham - have postponed releasing their findings after independent evidence suggested many of the bullet wounds were not self-inflicted.

Independent investigator Frank Swann submitted evidence to Surrey Police stating that it was "highly unlikely" that many of the fatal bullets were fired by the soldiers themselves.

Police postponed a briefing to announce their findings because of "differences" between the experts they consulted.

They had been due to unveil the results of their year-long investigation into the deaths, which occurred between 1995 and 2002, at a special briefing on Tuesday.

Mr Swann was hired by the families of the four recruits, all of whom died of gunshot wounds at the barracks, to investigate their deaths.

He said that in the case of Sean Benton he believed it was possible that two of the bullet wounds were self-inflicted, but that it was "highly unlikely" that the other three bullet wounds on the torso were self-inflicted. …

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