Deepcut Inquest: Suicide Assertion Challenged


The death of one of four young people at the infamous Deepcut British army training base in 1995 may not have been a suicide as previously asserted by the Ministry of Defence.

Cheryl James from Llangollen in Denbighshire was one of four young people to kill themselves at the base (which has since been closed) in what were alleged to be suicides.

However addressing the inquest Alison Foster QC, acting of behalf of human rights organisation Liberty and representing Pte James’s family, said:

“Now there is distinguished pathological evidence showing that the shot that killed Cheryl James may not have been self-inflicted.

“Third party involvement is more than merely speculative, according to this inquest’s pathologist. It’s important such evidence is fully acquired and assimilated.”

She argued any scientific evidence should be heard before other witnesses to set out what was possible.

In March 2015 the Celtic League which is an accredited United Nations NGO raised the deaths at Deepcut and other issues concerning the recruitment of young people with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. We said:

“The Committee will be aware that the Deepcut deaths referenced above are to be the result of further enquiry. However it is clear that a factor in relation to some of the deaths was the immaturity of the young people for the environment they found themselves in.

The British Armed Forces deliberately target young people from deprived backgrounds in some instances concentrating their recruitment efforts in areas where there a lack of career of employment opportunities. Their policies have been criticized by both Teachers organisations and Church groups in the Celtic countries.

I do hope the CRC will continue to press the United Kingdom forcefully to end the practice of recruiting young children under the age of 18.”

The full link to the Celtic League News report is here:…/uncrc-asked-to-press-uk-on-…/


Issued by: The Celtic News



The Celtic League established in 1961 has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It promotes cooperation between the countries and campaigns on a range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, military activity and socio-economic issues

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