SAS Instructors Acquitted Over Selection Deaths

Posted on September 19, 2018

L/Cpl Edward Maher, 31, L/Cpl Craig Roberts, 24, and Cpl James Dunsby, 31, died after the trek during which they carried up to 27kg (4st) on their backs on one of the hottest days of 2013.  Following the case, one lawyer said the pair had been “scapegoats for those at the top” and criticised the fact that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is immune from prosecution under health and safety legislation. Cpl Dunsby’s widow Bryher Dunsby said the court martial “revealed the shocking reality that there is still no official guidance for those conducting endurance training marches in the British Army on heat illness” five years after the men died following the march in the Brecon Beacons.  The Army said it had made a “number of changes, particularly in relation to heat stress and training”. L/Cpl Roberts, from Conwy county, and L/Cpl Maher, from Winchester, were pronounced dead on the Welsh mountain range after suffering heatstroke on July 13, 2013. Cpl Dunsby, from Solihull in the West Midlands, died at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital from multiple organ failure more than two weeks later. Identifiable only as 1A, a captain in command, and 1B, a warrant officer who has since left the Royal Marines, were the men were overseeing the selection exercise in the Brecon Beacons. Clare Stevens, who represented Cpl Dunsby’s father at the inquest and L/Cpl Roberts’ following the inquest, said the two put on trial were “scapegoats for those at the top”.

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