Captain Dean Sprouting: Widow to call for independent inquiry into soldier's death
The widow of a British serviceman who was run over and killed by a forklift truck, driven by an American soldier, is to meet the US ambassador and request an independent inquiry into his death.
Linda Sprouting, from Denny near Falkirk, Scotland, told Sky News she felt the circumstances surrounding her husband's death were "uncertain" in spite of an inquest finding that his death was "accidental".
Captain Dean Sprouting of Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, was providing security for US forces at Al Asad airbase in Iraq when the incident happened in January 2018.
The 46-year-old had been out for a run on a sanctioned route when he was killed. He suffered multiple injuries.
"I think I could have accepted it more if Dean had died in combat because that is the nature of the job," Mrs Sprouting told Sky News.
"That's the risk that they take. I would like get an honest, open, transparent conversation and an independent inquiry into what actually happened."
The US ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, told Mrs Sprouting in a letter that two US army generals and a US army safety board had concluded the situation was a "terrible, utterly heart-breaking accident," adding, "As such, no disciplinary action was deemed appropriate for the soldiers involved".
Mr Johnson went on to say that he hoped documentation requested by Mrs Sprouting would "offer a more complete picture of the tragic chain of events as they transpired that sad day" and said he would meet her ...
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