Penicuik soldier unlawfully killed, coroner rules

Capt Walter Barrie with his son Callum
Capt Walter Barrie with his son Callum
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A SOLDIER from Penicuik who was shot dead by a rogue member of the Afghan army while playing in a football match on Remembrance Day was unlawfully killed, a coroner ruled today.

Captain Walter Barrie was playing in a match with members from the Afghan National Army (ANA) and one other British soldier at his base on November 11 last year when he was shot at close range in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, Oxford Coroner’s Court heard.

The gunman, named as Mohammad Ashraf, was dressed in full ANA uniform when he approached the pitch and fired about 10 shots towards Capt Barrie using an M16 rifle.

Capt Barrie, 41, of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, had served for 25 years, including tours of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan in 2008.

Recording his verdict today, Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said Capt Barrie was unlawfully killed while on active service.

“It does appear the individual acted alone and there has been no evidence linked to insurgents or the Taliban,” he said.