PTSD ex Para /TA soldier faces 10 years

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  1. ...easier said than done. Hope he now gets the help he needs.
  2. I have considerably more sympathy with this guy than I do for Danny Nightingale.
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  3. If I were the judge (and I beleive any sane judge would do so too) I would have stopped procedings and declared not guilty on that point alone...
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  4. Surely the lads defence barrister will get a medical and PTSD expert's opinion into evidence..
    If the report is to be taken at face value then it does seem the lad had depression in theatre and that his managers were aware of this possibility and did nothing about it.

    In a civil environment (and possibly today even in a Military one) it would be very possible that these same 'managers' have failed in their duty of care towards the lad.

    Yet he is up on a very serious firearms charge.. In another job he would have taken his employer to court and then onto the cleaners, notwithstanding the easy access to weapons/ammunition in the Army does it not follow that senior managers must apply a much stricter duty of care to those under them?

    Yes he probably is guilty of a very serious charge if the facts are as reported, but by the same token he has some very serious mitigating factors.
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  5. What are these?
  6. udipur

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  7. Stealing a weapon system from MOD property is a serious crime. However i know what is like to be jacked on by the Army in terms of mental health. Shame how he chose to deal with it mind you.
  8. Not so old and bold, but I know Harry. He's a good bloke who's had rather a rough time of it. Watched him slowly losing it over facebook, but never thought he'd resort to this.
  9. Those above him in the command chain responsible for his welfare. It could be any number or people from his section NCO to his OC. Hence the description managers..
  10. ...and they wonder why we worry about the increase in the Reserves.
  11. "They stopped him from going on a live-firing exercise but assigned him a job issuing the weapons and ammunition to fellow soldiers"

    What a wonderfully wise decision.
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  12. Jeez, 5 years on the Patas, not an issue but a few years in the STAB Squidgies and it all goes to hell. Seriously though, serious mishandling of his case I would have thought, especially in light of a certain Special soldier's treatment. At least he is getting a court appointed PTSD specialist; Hopefully, suspended sentence and appropriate treatment inbound.

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  13. X59

    X59 LE

    At the risk of sounding unsympathetic, I had a brief chat with an old buddy with the full SP, who painted quite a different picture of this episode.
    There's always two sides to every story, this one's no exception, and the version of events I heard were less benevolent than the newspaper article.
    My buddy reserves his sympathy for the lad whose weapon was taken from a secure location, and is currently being rinsed by the RMP.
  14. This is why I'm always sceptical of people who bang on they are suffering PTSD. Many use it to excuse their crimes.

    It detracts from the genuine sufferers.
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