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Lawyers acting for the partner and four-year-old son of a soldier who was accidentally shot dead during a training exercise have achieved a six-figure settlement of their claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The soldier was engaged in a live firing exercise in preparation for his deployment to Afghanistan. In what was described as an extraordinary piece of stupidity, he was ordered to line up behind a wooden wall on which shooting targets had been placed. A bullet passed through the flimsy barrier and struck him, severing his carotid artery and causing fatal injuries.
His partner was pregnant at the time of his death and later gave birth to a son.
The MoD admitted liability for the soldier's death and agreed to settle the case. Approving the compensation award – the exact amount of which was kept confidential – a judge described what had happened as a 'tragic incident' and 'an extraordinary piece of stupidity in a live firing exercise'.