Army launches new investigation into Iraq shooting

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

A Hawick soldier is facing a second probe into the death of an Iraqi civilian in 2003, writes Bob Burgess.

Barry Singleton was serving with the KOSB when he opened fire at a checkpoint in Basra.

The soldier fired into the man’s car when he sped away after being challenged.

The lance corporal was investigated by the army after being accused of firing 12 shots and was cleared in 2006.

But he has now been told there is a fresh investigation. And that could lead to a charge of murder.

The former KOSB i, 33, is now a sergeant with the second battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

The Iraq Historic Allegations team has until 2016 to complete their investigation.

The army’s prosecuting authority confirmed the probe but said Sergeant Singleton had not been charged.

His friend and former boxing coach John Sharkey has branded this second investigation a complete joke.

He added: “As far as I was concerned this had been fully and thoroughly investigated and he was cleared.

“This is disgraceful. I just cannot believe the stress this will have caused Barry and his mum.”

Mr Sharkey said he would again write letters of support on behalf of his friend.