Helen Perry, mother of L/Cpl Michael Pritchard
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Mother: Son's death was 'tragically all too predictable'

A soldier believed to have been killed by a British sniper in Afghanistan was accidentally shot while on active service, a coroner has said.

L/Cpl Michael Pritchard, of the 4th Regiment, Royal Military Police, was shot dead in Sangin in 2009.

A post-mortem report read out at the inquest revealed the 22-year-old soldier died of a single gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen.

His mother, Helen Perry, said her son's death was "tragically all too predictable" and called for changes in the army to avoid any possible "similar repetition".

  • 22 May 2012
  • From the section UK