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Dead test soldier Edward Maher lay unseen for 44 minutes

By Richard Vernalls

Published 13/06/2015

Edward Maher was one of the reservists who died during a selection exercise (MoD)
Edward Maher was one of the reservists who died during a selection exercise (MoD)

An Army officer running a test march in which three reservists died failed to notice one of the men had not moved for 44 minutes, an inquest has heard.

The officer did not spot Lance Corporal Edward Maher was showing as static on his computer, because a colleague had not "hovered the mouse (cursor)" over the soldier's GPS tracking icon. Doing so would have flagged up more detailed information on L/Cpl Maher's march progress, he said.

The coroner for Birmingham and Solihull Louise Hunt said: "It is quite difficult for me to understand how you wouldn't notice. When Edward was found, there were signs that he was already developing rigor mortis."

The officer replied: "At the time, I hadn't noticed that that tracker was static."

It also emerged the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had searched the confidential waste bins in the building where the inquest is being held in Solihull, West Midlands. Ms Hunt said she was "extremely perturbed and upset" by the fact after it was raised by counsel for one of the men's widows.

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