Former Stamford soldier aims for justice for colleagues

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A FORMER soldier who has launched a landmark legal case says he hopes to get justice for his colleagues and future wounded servicemen.

L/Cpl Dan Twiddy, 30, of Drift Road, Stamford, was given the right to sue the Government for negligence following a ruling by High Court judge, Mr Justice Owen last month.

However the Ministry of Defence appealed against the judge’s ruling and another hearing will be held.

Dan was a lance corporal in the Tank Regiment of the Queen’s Royal Lancers when he suffered facial injuries when his Challenger II tank was mistakenly fired on by another tank during an assault on Basra in southern Iraq, in March, 2003.

He now runs a plastering business in Stamford after being medically discharged from the Army in 2005. He is still having treatment for his injuries.

Cpl Stephen Albutt, from Stoke-on-Trent, was killed in the incident and Trooper Andy Julien, of Bolton, was severely wounded. Legal action is also being taken by Cpl Albutt’s widow Debi and Mr Julien.

Dan said he was relieved the case had been allowed to move forward.

He said: “It is not about compensation, it is about justice and trying to get a better life for the soldiers who are still out there fighting.

“I am just so relieved and happy for myself and the other parents of the other two. It has taken so long and so many years so it is nice to get some good news out of it.”

Relatives had argued in the High Court that the Ministry of Defence failed to provide armoured vehicles or equipment which could have saved lives.

The MoD maintained decisions about battlefield equipment were for politicians and military commanders