British soldier murdered by colleagues

This video is about the British Army in Iraq (torture scene).

From British daily The Guardian:

‘Beasting’ punishment killed soldier, jury told

·Gruelling drill session at base after guests insulted
·Three former colleagues deny manslaughter

* Steven Morris

* Friday June 20, 2008

A young soldier was killed by three of his colleagues in a gruelling and illegal “beasting” punishment session after he insulted the guests of a senior officer during a summer ball, a jury heard yesterday.

Gavin Williams begged to be allowed to rest and be given water, claiming he was “cooking up”, but for one and a half hours he was marched and drilled around an army base in soaring temperatures and put through a session in a hot gym, Winchester crown court was told.

When Williams, 22, was finally taken to the medical centre he was put into handcuffs because the effects of hyperthermia – heatstroke – had made him aggressive. Later when he was taken to hospital his body temperature was 41.7C, way above the normal temperature of around 36.7C.

Mark Dennis QC, prosecuting, said that during the session at Lucknow Barracks in Wiltshire Williams pleaded for help. “He was bordering on tears, complaining he could not breathe properly and demanding to be given water. He refused to move any further, saying: ‘I can’t walk, I can’t go on. I need water.'”

Dennis said the beasting was carried out by regimental police as an “informal summary punishment” intended to “humiliate, push to the limit and hurt”. The prosecutor said the practice had “no place in the army disciplinary system” but still lingered on in Williams’ regiment, the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh. He claimed many soldiers, including officers, accepted the practice as being a fact of army life, adding: “It is perhaps a matter of discredit that many officers would appear either to have condoned such practices or, at least, to have turned a blind eye.”

Three men, Russell Price, 46, then the provost sergeant in the regimental police, John Edwards, 33, a corporal who was attached to the police, and Paul Blake, 37, a staff sergeant and a physical training instructor, deny manslaughter.

What an insult to animals to call this murderous torture ‘beasting’.

Army apologises for ‘beasting’ that killed soldier Gavin Williams. Coroner rules punishment that led to heat illness and death was unlawful and says officers must have known it was happening: here.

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  3. Saturday 9th January 2016

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

    AN ARMY chain of command “failed to identify” the use of unofficial punishments known as “beastings,” a coroner found yesterday as he concluded the inquest into the death of a young recruit.

    Assistant Wiltshire and Swindon coroner Alan Large said Private Gavin Williams, 22, died from heatstroke in 2006 after being subjected to the beasting on one of the hottest days of the year.

    The soldier, from Hengoed in south Wales, was admitted to hospital, where his body temperature was found to be 41.7°C, way above the norm of 37°C.

    Tests later showed he had ecstasy in his body when he died.

    The young recruit had been subjected to an informal session of intense physical exercise — known as a beasting — by three non-commissioned officers to punish him for disobedience and a series of drunken incidents.

    Sergeants Russell Price and Paul Blake and Corporal John Edwards were cleared of manslaughter in 2008.

    At the inquest senior officers denied any knowledge of beastings taking place but a number of soldiers contradicted these claims, saying that the punishment was a “regular occurrence.”

    Mr Large returned a narrative verdict after hearing more than 100 witnesses at the coroner’s court in Salisbury.

    He said: “Gavin died as the result of the imposition of unofficial physical punishment in the form of marching drill and physical exercise conducted on a very hot day.

    “This punishment was part of a system of such unofficial punishments operating in the battalion which the chain of command failed to identify or prevent.”

    He said there was a “missed opportunity” to diagnose Mr Williams with heatstroke. Had that happened, “Gavin would have survived.”

    The coroner dismissed Mr Williams’s use of ecstasy as contributing “a minimum to his death.”


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