Marine Barry Weston killed after going outside safe zone

Sgt Barry Weston
Image caption Sgt Weston was leading a patrol in Helmand when he was killed

A Royal Marine died in Afghanistan after stepping outside of a safety zone on to a bomb planted in a cornfield, an inquest has heard.

Sgt Barry "Baz" Weston, 40, of 42 Commando, was killed instantly in the blast while leading a patrol in Helmand Province on 30 August 2011.

The patrol was near the village of Sukmanda when he stepped on the device created out of an artillery shell.

The coroner at the inquest in Plymouth recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

Reading-born Sgt Weston, who lived in Plymouth and had served 20 years as a marine, had volunteered, at short notice, to deploy to Afghanistan as a battle casualty replacement.

Maj Jase Durup told the inquest that the father-of-three had worked in "extremely challenging circumstances".

Sgt Weston's wife, Joanne, was at the inquest.

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