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Life for Marine murderer of injured Taliban insurgent

By Rod Minchin and Claire Hayhurst

An experienced Royal Marine filmed executing an injured Taliban insurgent in cold blood has been given a 10-year minimum jail sentence.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman (39), whose name was made public for the first time yesterday following a ruling by judges at the High Court in London, was convicted last month of murdering the Afghan national in Helmand Province in September 2011.

The killing happened five months into a six-month tour of Helmand province in 2011, known as Operation Herrick 14.

Blackman shot the Afghan, who had been seriously injured in an attack by an Apache helicopter, in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol before quoting a phrase from Shakespeare as the man died in front of him. The execution was filmed by a camera mounted on a soldier's helmet.

Blackman was given a life sentence with a 10-year minimum term behind bars.

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