Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Soldier Caused Tragic Death of His Comrade

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Soldier Caused Tragic Death of His Comrade

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A SOLDIER has admitted causing the death of a comrade from Greater Manchester at an Army camp in Iraq.

Scott Hetherington died while with his regiment helping to train local forces to fight Islamic State militants.

The 22-year-old father, who had a baby girl, was given a funeral with full military honours in his home town of Middleton three weeks later.

He was the first British soldier to die in Iraq since 2009.

At the time of his death he was a vehicle commander in the Force Protection Platoon.

Lance Corporal Colin Theaker, who denies a charge of manslaughter, will appear at a court martial next year.

Flanked by his barrister he appeared via videolink at a 39-minute pre-trial hearing where a charge of negligently performing a duty causing the death of Scott Hetherington was put to him by the vice judge advocate general of the armed forces, Judge Michael Hunter.

Judge Hunter, who was sitting in The Royal Courts of Justice in London, twice asked him what his plea was and each time he answered: 'Guilty'.

Negligently performing a duty carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.

At an earlier hearing he pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge on which he faces trial before a panel of five officers and senior non-commissioned officers. …

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