Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 12, 2012 14:00 ET

Court Martial Convened For Major Lunney

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2012) - Major Christopher Lunney will face a General Court Martial commencing September 13, 2012, in relation to the death of Corporal Joshua Baker and the injury of four other soldiers on a training range in Afghanistan in February 2010.

When: September 13, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Asticou courtroom (Room 2601), 241 de la Cité-des-Jeunes boulevard, Gatineau, Quebec

Maj. Lunney, who at the time was the Officer Commanding Stabilization Company A, a sub-unit of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar, is charged with the following:

  • three counts of Negligent Performance of a Military Duty, contrary to section 124 of the National Defence Act;
  • two counts of Breach of Duty, contrary to section 130 of the National Defence Act, pursuant to section 80 of the Criminal Code.

It is alleged that range safety procedures were violated in relation to the planning and execution of activities on the range that day.

A General Court Martial is composed of a military judge and a panel of five members.

In June of 2011, the Canadian Forces National Investigative Service charged two of Major Lunney's subordinates-Major (then Captain) Darryl Watts and Warrant Officer (retired) Paul Ravensdale-with six charges and five alternate charges each, the most serious of which was Manslaughter. In February 2012, the Director of Military Prosecutions preferred charges against each member; however, their courts martial have not yet been convened.

Notes to editor / news director: As the matter is before a service tribunal, it is inappropriate to comment further about the circumstances surrounding the case; however, the hearing is open to the media and the public.

Electronic recording devices and photographic equipment will not be permitted inside the courtroom.

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