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Michael Maguire: Stray bullet soldier death questions

A verdict of unlawful killing has been returned on a soldier killed by a stray bullet at a Pembrokeshire firing range.

Ranger Michael Maguire, 21, of 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, was hit in the head as he stood in a "safe" area at the Castlemartin range.

The inquest in Cardiff heard he was killed by a machine gun round probably fired from 0.6 miles (1 km) away.

An Army weapons expert said safety failures meant a gunner shooting at a target was not firing out to sea.

Speaking after the inquest, Ranger Maguire's family said unanswered questions remained.

Caroline Evans reports.

  • 12 Mar 2013