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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 June 2007, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK
Armour query over soldier death
Lance Corporal Luke McCulloch
L/Cpl McCulloch served with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment
An inquest on a soldier killed by Taleban mortar shrapnel has been adjourned for further inquiries into Army orders.

L/Cpl Luke McCulloch, 21, who was born in South Africa but lived in Gillingham, Kent, died in September 2006 in Sangin Valley, Helmand.

He had taken off his protective gear to eat a meal in his army compound but then came under heavy mortar fire.

The case was adjourned to determine what orders were given on body armour.

The coroner at the inquest in Oxford said on Wednesday that he would examine whether a helmet would have saved the soldier.

L/Cpl McCulloch, serving with 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment, had come off sentry duty in very high temperatures.

It has been reported that he had changed into shorts and possibly a T-shirt shortly before the attack took place.

The hearing was adjourned until 13 July.




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