Father of Cheryl James calls Deepcut ‘a toxic environment’ after verdict

Pt Cheryl James
Cheryl James

source: The Independent
published: 3 June 2016

Deepcut army barracks was “a toxic and horrible environment,” the father of Private Cheryl James has said following the long-awaited conclusion of an inquiry into his daughter’s death.

Pte James, who was 18 when she was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in 1995, had “inflicted the fatal shot and intended to die,“ coroner Brian Barker QC told Woking Coroner’s Court.

“There can be no reasonable doubt that Ms James carried out an intended action and knew that its consequence would be death.”

There was no evidence Pte James was unlawfully killed, found Mr Barker at the end of the three-month inquest in which more than 100 witnesses were questioned.

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