Brig John Donnelly
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Gavin Williams death: Army 'truly sorry' over beasting

The Army's chain of command "failed to prevent" unlawful physical punishments known as beastings which led to a soldier's death, a coroner has found.

Pte Gavin Williams, 22, of Hengoed, Caerphilly, was forced to do intensive exercise for his drunken behaviour and disobedience.

He collapsed with heatstroke at Lucknow Barracks in Wiltshire in July 2006 and suffered heart failure.

Judge Alan Large recorded a narrative conclusion on Friday.

Brig John Donnelly said the Army was "truly sorry" for "unacceptable" punishments within the battalion at the time.

  • 08 Jan 2016
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