The Daily Telegraph

Battle for freedom Wife led campaign for justice


April 2011

Blackman deploys to Helmand with 42 Commando. His unit is sent to Nad-e Ali, where it sees heavy fighting and suffers several casualties.

Sept 15, 2011

A Taliban attack on an outpost is repelled and Blackman and his marines are sent to give chase. They find a gravely wounded insurgent and Blackman shoots him. The killing is filmed by a helmet camera.

Sept 2012

Video is found on a marine’s laptop during a police inquiry into another alleged crime.

Oct 11, 2012

Seven marines are held on suspicion of murder.

Oct 23, 2013

Blackman and two others go on trial, their identities given as Marines A, B and C. All plead not guilty, but Blackman is convicted of murder while the others are acquitted.

Dec 6, 2013

Blackman – Marine A – has his identity revealed and is given a life sentence. He is to serve a minimum of 10 years in a civilian prison.

May 22, 2014

He loses an appeal to overturn his life sentence. His minimum term is cut to eight years.

Sept 2015

A high-profile campaign begins to have Sgt Blackman freed, led by his wife, Claire.

Dec 16, 2015

1,100 pages of new evidence handed into the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to have the conviction sent back to the Appeal Court.

Dec 2016

The CCRC concludes there is a “real possibilit­y” of overturnin­g Blackman’s conviction, and grants an appeal.

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