Sgt Alexander Blackman, Marine A, released from prison as wife says it ‘feels like Christmas’

28 Apr

Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, also known as Marine A, is enjoying champagne with his wife in a country hideaway after being released from prison in the early hours of the morning.

The former Marine, who has served more than three years for shooting dead  an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2011, was driven away from HMP Erlestoke, Wiltshire, at around 12.20am.

Blackman hid in the back of a black Audi estate vehicle as he was taken away.

He is now with his wife Claire in a country hideaway where they will spend the Bank Holiday weekend and enjoy a few bottles of champagne, revealed Jonathan Goldberg QC, the lawyer who led his successful appeal. 

The commando was jailed for life after he was convicted of murder in 2013. The conviction was quashed by the Court Martial Appeal Court and replaced with diminished responsibility manslaughter last month, following a high-profile campaign to free him.

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