Liberty calls for civilian police to investigate all military crimes after Coroner delivers highly critical verdict in Private Sean Benton inquest

18 July 2018

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Deepcut barracks deaths: Coroner to deliver verdict in Private Sean Benton inquest 23 years after his death

17 July 2018

A Coroner will tomorrow deliver his verdict in a fresh inquest into the death of young army recruit Private Sean Benton, who was found dead at Deepcut barracks in 1995.

His Honour Judge Peter Rook QC will set out his conclusions at Woking Coroner’s Court from 11am. The wide-ranging investigation – which began in January – has considered how Sean died and the wider environment in which he lived at the Surrey camp, and heard evidence from 168 witnesses.

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“Neither efficient, effective or fair” - where can soldiers turn when things go wrong?

In January, the Armed Forces released a new recruitment campaign designed to show their human side. Soldiers talked about how they feel comfortable in the Army regardless of their gender, religion, sexuality or emotions.

It’s good to see the military attempting to clean up their reputation for having a tough, toxic culture – but in the past it’s been difficult to see if the public rhetoric is matched by real change for real soldiers.

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Deepcut deaths: Fresh inquest into death of Private Sean Benton to begin

24 January 2018

A fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton – who was found dead at Deepcut barracks in 1995 – will begin at Woking Coroner’s Court today. 

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Private Sean Benton inquest WILL examine evidence of bullying at Deepcut barracks

20 September 2017

A coroner has today ruled that the fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton in 1995 will examine wider allegations of bullying and abuse at Deepcut barracks.

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Sean Benton's case exposes Government plans to abandon human rights as nakedly self-serving

Today is a momentous day for the family of Private Sean Benton, who died at Deepcut barracks in 1995.

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Deepcut deaths: Major decisions expected at first Sean Benton pre-inquest review

15 June 2017

Sean, 20, was found with five bullet wounds to his chest on 9 June 1995 – shortly after he had been told he was to be discharged from the Army. 

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Bullying and discrimination persist in the Armed Forces – the MoD must act

Last week, the Service Complaints Ombudsman Nicola Williams published her first annual report.

It covers her first year in charge of the new Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces (SCOAF) – and it paints a worrying picture of the bullying and discrimination still a very serious problem within our military. 

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Liberty: MoD's "nakedly self-serving" attempt to grant itself immunity will put our soldiers at risk

01 March 2017

Liberty has called on the Ministry of Defence to drop plans to prevent servicemen and women from suing it for negligence, branding them “nakedly self-serving” in its response to the Government’s consultation on the measures.

Proposals for a new compensation scheme would bar soldiers and their families from seeking justice in an independent court when they or their loved ones suffer injury or death, meaning serious negligence or failings on the MoD’s part would never be brought to light.

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Smoke and mirrors at the MoD

Liberty's Emma Norton on why the Ministry of Defence's proposed compensation scheme is about protecting itself, not soldiers.

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