Former reservist James Carver MEP has welcomed the news that Royal Marine Seargeant Alexander Blackman could be freed from prison within weeks, after his jail term was cut to seven years today.
The 42-year-old, convicted of killing an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, had his murder conviction overturned to mansalughter at an appeal earlier this month when judges ruled he had been mentally impaired as he was suffering from an “adjustment disoder”.
This morning they announced his life sentence for murder – of which he was to serve a minimum of 10 years – was being replaced with a seven year term for diminished responsibility mansalughter.
Mr Carver, who represents the West Midlands, said: “I am delighted to hear that he is shortly to be released. He has already served a long period behind bars and my understanding is that, as under normal circumstances a prisoner serves half his jail term, he is expected to be released by April 24.
“He will then be able to start re-building his life and I wish Sgt Blackman, his heroic wife Claire and the rest of his family all the very best for the future.”