Pte Gavin Williams
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Gavin Williams inquest: Beasting soldier 'given water'

A soldier who died after being subjected to a beasting did not appear to be suffering from the "obvious signs of dehydration" and was given water on request, an inquest has heard.

Pte Gavin Williams, 22, from Hengoed, Caerphilly county, suffered heart failure at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth, Wiltshire, on 3 July 2006.

He had been punished for disobedience and a number of drunken high jinks.

When admitted to hospital, his body temperature was was 41.7C (107F), way above the norm of 37C (98.6F).

Paul Heaney reports.

  • 13 Nov 2015