Police inquiry expands into SAS test deaths, which claimed life of Trowbridge man (From Wiltshire Times)
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Police inquiry expands into SAS test deaths, which claimed life of Trowbridge man
10:48am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Trowbridge
Police investigating the deaths of three reservist soldiers, including a Trowbridge man, who died during an SAS selection test in Brecon Beacons are planning to expand the inquiry into what happened.
Corporal James Dunsby, of the Royal Yeomanry, lived in Trowbridge with his wife Bryher and his funeral took place at the town’s St James’ Church on August 15.
The 31-year-old died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, on July 30, after collapsing on July 13 during a 40-mile hike in high temperatures.
Two of his colleagues, Lance Corporal Craig Roberts and Edward Maher, also died during the same exercise, which took place on the 886-metre high mountain Pen y Fen.
Dyfed Powys Police launched an investigation with the Health and Safety Executive following the tragedies, with a separate inquiry by a coroner also under way.
Detective Inspector Iwan Jones told a pre-inquest review hearing at Aberdare Coroner’s Court that police have decided to expand the investigation.
He added: “We’re aiming to have statements from a substantial number of soldiers – between 94 and 96 – emergency service personnel and members of the public.”
During the pre-inquest review yesterday, Powys Coroner Louise Hunt stressed that no decision had been made in light of any criminal charges.
She did admit her investigation would go further than most inquests, adding that Article 2 of the Human Rights Act, which stipulates that the state has a “duty to protect an individual’s life”, would be relevant to the case.
Police said they hoped to reach a decision with the Crown Prosecution Service about whether to issue criminal charges by the end of October, with the next pre-inquest hearing on November 19.
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