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Iraq reporter 'unlawfully killed'
Richard Wild
An inquest heard Richard Wild was unlawfully killed
A Scots journalist who was shot in the back of the head in Iraq was unlawfully killed, an inquest has been told.

Richard Wild, 24, originally from St Boswells in the Borders, died on 5 July 2003 after two weeks in the country covering the aftermath of the war.

He was leaving the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad when he was killed.

Oxford Coroner's Court heard that at the time the American military were not investigating civilian deaths so little evidence of the murder existed.

Mr Wild's family said after his death that they had tried to persuade him not to go to Iraq but he wanted to establish himself as a war correspondent.

They were critical at the time of the Foreign Office's handling of the case.

Random killing

His father, Robin, said there had been no attempt to carry out a proper investigation.

However, the Foreign Office denied this saying there was no evidence Mr Wild's death was anything other than a random killing.

Brought up in the Scottish Borders, Mr Wild was a former pupil of Sedbergh public school in Cumbria.

He went on to study at Jesus College, Cambridge before deciding to pursue a career in journalism.

At the time of his death, Mr Wild was working on a feature on looting at the Natural History Museum.

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