Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Feel I Have Fought Adam's Corner for Him'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Feel I Have Fought Adam's Corner for Him'

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

CHOKING back tears grieving mum Lynn Moralee kneels by her son's graveside to tell him justice has been done - three years after his death.

Soldier Adam died instantly when he was impaled on the metal teeth of an earth moving digger as British forces pulled out of Afghanistan.

His death was described by a judge as "an utterly tragic incident".

And now his distraught mum has opened her heart after Adam's fellow colleague was jailed for nine months and a second soldier, so traumatised by what happened, had to be discharged from the army suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

"They were great mates but I feel they deserved punishing because Adam's death could have been avoided," said Lynn, of Ryton, Gateshead.

"After the court case I spoke to them both. I'm glad I talked to them because I know it has also been hanging over them for the past three years. I hope it helped them as well. On the flip of a coin, I know they were great mates and I also see their side of the story."

A Royal Engineer soldier for just three years and due to be promoted to lance corporal, Adam was described after his death as a "rising star" by his commanding officer. He was due to marry his fiancee Emma 14 weeks later.

A court martial heard how Sapper Thomas Lloyd accidentally hit a lever to lower the digger bucket as he cleaned the inside of the vehicle, prior to it being redeployed to the UK.

Lloyd, 23, was ordered to serve nine months detention in "an avoidable industrial accident."

The two soldiers in the court hearing at Catterick Garrison, in North Yorkshire, were part of a team from 32 Engineer Regiment who were washing down military equipment to make sure it was safe to bring back from the war zone.

Originally, Lloyd, an Army junior rugby player, and former Lance Corporal Philip Smith, 28, had been charged with manslaughter following the incident at Camp Bastion in March 2014, but eventually military authorities reduced the charge to one of neglect of duty, which both soldiers admitted. …

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