Plymouth Royal Marines to enter pleas to Afghan murder charge
FIVE Royal Marines charged with murder are expected to enter their pleas at a court hearing on Monday.
The Commandos were charged with murder following an incident believed to have occurred on September 15 last year.
At that time the marines were on operational tour in the country with Stonehouse-based 3 Commando Brigade.
The men, who are to only be referred to as A, B, C, D and E will appear at the hearing on Monday in person.
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It is expected representatives from their respective units will be in attendance at Bulford Military Court Centre with family members and welfare officers.
Nine arrests were made after video footage relating to the incident was found on a serviceman's laptop but only five of the men were charged.
The prosecutors, the Service Prosecuting Authority, have since amended the particulars of the charge from the murder of an "unknown Afghan national" to "murdered an unknown captured person".
And, after the first hearing in October, which was held behind closed doors, a judge granted the marines anonymity.
Since then further orders have been granted extending the anonymity order.
A CLUB is encouraging more men to get involved.
The group of retired men meet fortnightly every Wednesday between 10.30am and 11.30am to enjoy tea and conversation.
The Gentleman's Club meets at Woodford Methodist Community Church on Greenway Avenue in Plympton.
During the meets, a guest speaker will give a talk on a variety of subjects often accompanied by a slide show.
Harold Williams, the men's meeting secretary is inviting like-minded gentleman to join the group.
For more information call Harold on 337085.
CITY children have less than a week left to try to bring celebrity science geek Brian Cox to their school.
The TV professor will be visiting one lucky school to give an explosive science lesson as part of his 'cosmic class of 2013'.
Pupils, teachers or parents can bid to bring the star to their school on February 6.
Entry, at www.facebook.com/TheBigBang4U, closes on Thursday.
ELBURTON Methodists' Sounds Alive Singers are working hard in preparation for their Christmas presentation, While Shepherds Watched.
Written by Roger Jones it tells the story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem through the experiences of the shepherds.
The singers are very much enjoying rehearsing the beautifully tuneful music under the instruction of musical director, Mavis Clooke and accompanist, Marion Finemore.
The presentations take place at the church situated in Springfield Road, on December 16, at 10.30am and 6.30pm.
The singers will also be involved in the carol service at 6.30pm on December 23.
LADIES of Plymouth Keep Fit Association (KFA), Mary Lakeman and Jackie Hamblyn, took a team of 21 members and friends to Weymouth to join with participants from around the South West at the Dorset KFA Festival.
The teams performed two items; Carmen Prelude by Bizet by ladies from various Plymouth classes and the second item Will Young's Over You.
They took part in several workouts and country dancing during a "successful day."