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Royal Marines in court charged with assaulting Afghan

Royal Marines in Afghanistan
The alleged attack took place in Afghanistan in March this year

Two Royal Marines have appeared at a court martial charged in connection with an assault on an Afghan man.

Capt Jody Wheelhouse, from 45 Commando, based in Arbroath, Angus, and Sgt Mark Leader, of the Commando Training Centre in Devon, did not enter a plea.

Both marines are alleged to have assaulted a 48-year-old man in Afghanistan in March 2009.

They have been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm. The hearing took place at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth.

Judge Advocate Michael Elsom adjourned the cases for a date, time and place to be fixed.

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