Coroner’s Verdict On Pte Sean Benton: It Was Suicide

Posted on July 19, 2018

Pte Sean Benton, 20, from Hastings, was found with five gunshot wounds to his chest at the Surrey army base in 1995. Delivering his conclusions at Woking Coroner’s Court, Judge Peter Rook QC said three suicide notes were found after his death.

Speaking afterwards, his sister Tracy Lewis said the family would ask police to open a criminal investigation. “Our brother Sean was funny, generous and kind hearted. He loved his family and the British Army. “He wanted to travel the world and support peacekeeping overseas. “What he got was bullying, violence and terrible lack of care when his mental health fell apart,” she said. Brigadier Christopher Coles said the Army has made “significant changes” in how it trains and cares for trainees. He said: “The Army a long time ago accepted that there were significant shortcomings at Deepcut at the time of Sean’s death. We took too long to recognise and rectify that situation.

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