Death of Iraqi: second probe clears soldier

Baz Singleton Facebook picture ''Barry Singleton, soldier facing murder charge'''WARNING Internet Unknown Copyright
Baz Singleton Facebook picture ''Barry Singleton, soldier facing murder charge'''WARNING Internet Unknown Copyright

Hawick soldier Barry Singleton has been cleared of murder following a second investigation into the shooting of an Iraqi civilian more than a decade ago.

In 2005, the army cleared Singleton, 34, following a two-year investigation into the incident.

But last December he learned he was facing a further murder probe into the Basra shotting in 2003.

Singleton, then a lance corporal with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, fired 12 shots into the vehicle at a roadside checkpoint after the driver sped off when challenged.

When the KOSB tour ended, the army arrested Singleton and investigated the incident as one of a number of inquiries into claims of misconduct in Iraq.

The Iraqi Historic Allegations team had until 2016 to complete its investigation and, in December, the Service Prosecuting Authority said a probe was under way, but Singleton had not yet been charged.

Sergeant Singleton, now with the Royal Regiment Of Scotland, when asked to confirm that the investigation was at an end, said: “I am sorry, but I am unable to comment. I can’t comment on anything to do with this case.”

But close friend and former boxing coach, John Sharkey, said: “I have spoken to Barry’s mum and she informed me that the investigation is over. His mum is delighted and it is a real weight off her shoulders.

“It’s been hard on her as well as Barry and the rest of the family.

“Barry has faced two investigations now and we are hoping that this is now at an end and that he’ll now be able to get on with doing a job he loves.

“He’s a great lad and I’m sure he can move on from this.”

The military has confirmed there will not be a prosecution.