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I didn't refuse to call off death march, says SAS chief

By Matthew Cooper

Published 24/06/2015

An SAS commander has denied telling grieving family members that a fatal test march was not called off because it would have created too much paperwork
An SAS commander has denied telling grieving family members that a fatal test march was not called off because it would have created too much paperwork

An SAS commander has denied telling grieving family members that a fatal test march was not called off because it would have created too much paperwork.

Officer 9L, the commanding officer of a special forces reserve unit, also defended his "reasonable" decision to allow part-time soldiers to undertake another selection march a day after two of their comrades had died.

An inquest has heard that lance corporals Craig Roberts and Edward Maher died from heat stress on the Brecon Beacons in south Wales on July 13, 2013.

A third reservist, Corporal James Dunsby, collapsed near his final checkpoint and died of multi-organ failure in hospital following the exercise.

L/Cpl Roberts' family claim they were informed by 9L a day after the march that it was not called off because of concerns over administration.

The inquest continues today.

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