We have previously covered the case of Sergeant Alexander Blackman (known as ‘Marine A’ prior to the anonymity being lifted) who is currently serving a sentence of life imprisonment. When we looked at the sentence last year, we said ‘It is likely that there will be an appeal by Mr Blackman – it is such an unusual case that he would get permission and it is right for the Court of Appeal to consider the case‘.
We will, of course, return to this when the Court of Appeal consider it. I’m willing to bet it’s a when, not an if, for the reasons we stated previously. The conviction appeal is unlikely to succeed, as it was very much a question of fact for the board to decide (unless there is a particularly strong head of steam in the media).
The sentence is much more difficult to call. Given the extreme facts of the case, it is hard to say that any particular length of sentence is not reasonable. For that reason, it is pretty impossible to gauge what the Court of Appeal will make of it.