|Jonathan Goldberg QC|
QC Jonathan Goldberg, who is acting for Blackman, told the crowd that English law does not recognise a 'mercy killing', but in the past authorities had the sense not to press charges in such cases.
Mr Goldberg said a soldier would now have to 'ring his solicitor before firing his rifle'.*
Footage from another marine's helmet-mounted camera showed Blackman quoting Shakespeare before shooting the insurgent.
He told the fighter: 'There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil, you c***. It's nothing you wouldn't do to us.'
Blackman's minimum sentence was reduced to eight years but his challenge to the outcome of the original trial was unsuccessful.* Editor's note. Given the facts of the case, this is complete flapdoodle. [Footnote added.]