PTSD ex Para /TA soldier faces 10 years

Last week, Cpl Killick pleaded guilty to theft of a gun, theft of one round of ammunition, and possession of a prohibited weapon.
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...
Without knowing this particular guy's medical or operational history - courts may be more likely to take PTSD into account if it wasn't the fall back excuse for anyone they see in court who's ever worn a set of combats.
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.
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.
Jailed soldier's family accuse Army of 'betrayal' over combat trauma - Home News - UK - The Independent

Says here this bloke was in the parachute regiment for 5 years so I thought a few old and bold might know him. Looks like he obviously needed help after his latest Tour . Another sad case that should of been nipped in the bud before it got to this stage.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Although I agree with this statement I do know this man, he was in my battalion and i was on the same Herrick tour as him. He was a really good bloke and very switched on, this came as a shock that he would do this, I do know for a fact that a few statements in this paper are wrong and the build up to the point of execution of events are different then the paper also claims. However saying that its not normal for a bloke to just pick a rifle up and either harm himself or others straight after a tour. Or is it?

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