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Department of National Defence

November 09, 2012 14:00 ET

Court Martial Convened for Major Watts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2012) - Major Darryl Watts will face a General Court Martial commencing November 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: November 13, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Mewata Armoury, 801 11th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta

Major Watts, who at the time held the rank of Captain and was the Platoon Commander, is charged with the following:

  • One count of Manslaughter under section 130 of the National Defence Act contrary to subsection 236(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada;
  • Two counts of breach of duty under section 130 of the National Defence Act contrary to section 80 of the Criminal Code of Canada;
  • One count of unlawfully causing bodily harm under section 130 of the National Defence Act contrary to section 269 of the Criminal Code of Canada; and
  • Two counts of negligent performance of a military duty under section 124 of the National Defence Act.

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

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.

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

At a court martial on September 13, 2012, Captain (then Major) Lunney pleaded guilty to negligent performance of a military duty in relation to the same incident. He was sentenced to a reduction in rank to Captain and a severe reprimand. At the time of the incident, Captain Lunney held the substantive rank of Major and was the Officer Commanding Stabilization Company A, a sub-unit of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Notes to editor / news director:

  1. Electronic recording devices and photographic equipment will not be permitted inside the courtroom.
  1. Media are requested to confirm their attendance no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2012 by contacting Captain Peter Fuerbringer, 41 Canadian Brigade Group Public Affairs Officer, at: (403) 921-7525 or Peter.Fuerbringer@forces.gc.ca.

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