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Awol soldier Joe Glenton in jail sentence appeal

L/Cpl Joe Glenton
L/Cpl Joe Glenton was absent for two years and six days

A soldier who was jailed after refusing to return to Afghanistan is appealing against his sentence.

L/Cpl Joe Glenton, 27, from York, joined the Army in 2004 but absconded in 2007 after serving with the Royal Logistic Corps in Afghanistan.

He admitted going absent without leave (Awol) and was sentenced to nine months in a military corrective training unit.

Glenton's case worker John Tipple told BBC News an appeal was being lodged and would have to be heard within weeks.

Glenton, who is based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, was also reduced to the rank of private during his court martial in Colchester last week.

He was told he would serve two-thirds of his sentence.

Mr Tipple said the appeal would be lodged "imminently".

Stress disorder

"I believe that we can beat them and we should beat them," he said.

Mr Tipple said he was "very angry" that Glenton had been handed a nine-month sentence.

The court martial heard that Glenton, who later campaigned against the conflict in Afghanistan, was discovered to be absent on 11 June 2007, when he was due to return to Dalton Barracks in Abingdon.

He returned to barracks 737 days later on 16 June 2009, when he was charged.

He had previously performed a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Glenton's legal team said he had suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after his first tour of duty and when he raised concerns about going back he suffered bullying.

Mr Glenton's wife Claire said: "We believe that the sentence they have given Joe is disproportionate to other similar cases with PTSD."

She added that she was "overwhelmed" by a group set up on a social networking site in support of her husband, which has more than 1,000 members.

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