Belfast Telegraph

Details of two Army deaths at NI base to be disclosed

By Michael McHugh

Information from an Army inquiry into the deaths of two soldiers at a base in Northern Ireland should be disclosed to their families, a coroner ruled.

The probe into events at Ballykinler barracks in Co Down produced 2,000 pages of documents.

Lance Corporal James Ross (30) from Leeds died in December 2012, and Rifleman Darren Mitchell (20) from London two months later.

Coroner Joe McCrisken has decided official information contained in a service inquiry report should be released to their families.

The victims had both served in Afghanistan and their families have raised post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) concerns following their deaths.

They served in the Second Battalion The Rifles. Eight other service personnel self-harmed at the Army base.

Five are still serving, a legal representative for the MoD disclosed.

The MoD has until next month to disclose the material, barring any appeal to a higher court by those affected, the coroner told a hearing in Belfast.

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