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Caroline Lucas's plea to government to help Brighton soldier Harry Killick
6:30am Thursday 7th February 2013 in News
A politician has written to a government minister to plead for urgent help for a soldier who faces up to ten years in jail.
Corporal Harry Killick is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to stealing a gun and ammunition from Territorial Army barracks in Dyke Road, Brighton, in October.
Supporters of the 36-year-old say he stole the gun as part of a suicide bid because he was struggling to cope with post traumatic stress disorder which he suffered as a result of serving in Afghanistan.
Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas has now written to defence minister Mark Francois asking for immediate help for the veteran.
In the letter, Dr Lucas said: “There is considerable evidence that in Cpl Killick’s case the army neglected their responsibility of care for a soldier who had just returned from conflict.
“I’m sure you will agree that there is a lot more that could and should be done to support soldiers like Cpl Killick, and to try to avoid the terrible situation in which he has ended up.
“In the meantime, is there anything that the Ministry of Defence can do to intervene to ensure that Cpl Killick gets the long overdue help and support he needs, rather than a prison sentence?”
Cpl Killick will be sentenced on February 11.
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