Brecon Beacons soldier deaths review backs decision

Soldiers Cpl James Dunsby, L/Cpl Edward Maher and L/Cpl Craig Roberts had been hiking up Pen y Fan

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A decision not to prosecute anyone after the deaths of three soldiers from overheating on a training exercise was the correct one, a review has found.

L/Cpl Craig Roberts, 24, L/Cpl Edward Maher, 31, and Cpl James Dunsby, died in July 2013 following a 40-mile (64km) hike in the Brecon Beacons.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to bring gross negligence manslaughter charges last July.

A CPS review has agreed there is insufficient evidence for a conviction.

The soldiers had been taking part in the hike on Pen y Fan as part of a four-week trial for the Territorial Army's SAS reservists.

The exercise took part on one of the hottest days of the year when temperatures reached 29.5C (85F).

Two questioned

L/Cpl Roberts, of Penrhyn Bay, Conwy, and L/Cpl Maher, died from hyperthermia on 13 July 2013.

Cpl Dunsby, from Bath, died two weeks later in hospital.

Following the deaths, Dyfed-Powys Police and the Health and Safety Executive carried out a joint investigation and the CPS considered evidence files on two people who were questioned on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.

But in July last year it said charges would not be brought because the evidence available did not meet the required legal standard for prosecution.

The CPS has since reviewed this decision under the Victims' Right to Review scheme and concluded it was correct.

An inquest into the deaths of the three men was put on hold until the CPS review was carried out.

Dyfed-Powys Police said "Police will continue to support the Health and Safety Executive who continue with their investigation into the deaths.

"A file will be prepared for the coroner."

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