Call for cop to tell all at in­quest on sol­dier

The People - - News Features - By Dan Warburton

THE fam­ily of a boy sol­dier who died at Deep­cut bar­racks are fight­ing for the cop who caught Levi Bell­field to speak at a fresh in­quest.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Colin Sut­ton’s cap­ture of Bell­field in 2004 was cel­e­brated in ITV’S Man­hunt this week.

Two years ear­lier Mr Sut­ton had in­ves­ti­gated the “sui­cide” of Pri­vate Ge­off Gray, 17, who was shot twice in the head at Deep­cut, near Cam­ber­ley, Sur­rey.

Mr Sut­ton al­leged that he was told by Sur­rey Po­lice and the Army:

“This was sui­cide – go out and prove it.”

An in­quest had just recorded an open ver­dict into the death, one of four from gun­shots at the base amid bul­ly­ing claims.

Mr Sut­ton left to join the Met Po­lice in Lon­don be­fore the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded.

Now a new in­quest has been or­dered af­ter po­lice handed Pt Gray’s fam­ily 30,000 pages of ev­i­dence fol­low­ing a

High Court rul­ing.

The Sun­day Peo­ple un­der­stands Mr Sut­ton has sub­mit­ted a writ­ten state­ment to the new in­quest but the coro­ner has ruled that he should not give spo­ken ev­i­dence.

Pt Gray’s fa­ther Ge­off, 55, of East Lon­don, said: “We want Colin to stand up and give ev­i­dence.

“He holds the key to find­ing how our son died. We have new ev­i­dence and he should be there to share his views.”

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