Live firing exercise death so terribly sad

An Army captain has been jailed for 18 months after a soldier was killed during a live firing exercise.

Capt Jonathan Price was also dismissed from the Army by the court martial for the gross negligence manslaughter of Ranger Michael Maguire.

The 21-year-old was hit by a stray bullet at the Castlemartin Range, Pembrokeshire in 2012.

Lt Col Richard Bell and Warrant Officer Class 2 Stuart Pankhurst were convicted of negligently performing a duty.

This whole tragedy is terribly sad for all involved.

For me, it also brings back memories of a case I acted on many years ago on Salisbury Plane, when one team of soldiers shot across the field in the wrong direction fatally wounding the safety officer.

Defence is a dangerous game. Training has to be realistic but minimising incidents like this has to take priority.

Hilary Meredith