More than 500 supporters are planning to show their support for Sgt Alexander Blackman over the 7th, 8th and 9th of February outside the Royal Court of Justice in London
Hundreds of supporters gathered outside of the Royal Court of Justice today while many were in the court room overseeing proceedings to free Sgt Alexander Blackman.
A reporting restriction has been removed today allowing the media to report freely on the case.
A special bench in court 4 has been reserved for former top brass to show their support for Sgt Blackman who was on a video link.
Falklands veteran Lieutenant Colonel Ewen Southby-Tailyour OBE said: ‘They all feel very strongly about this case. Blackman has huge support among the officer class.’
‘Not all officers back him, it is true, but large numbers feel he has not been treated well.’
‘Not all of them will be able to turn up, because some are infirm, but there is a tremendous feeling that this appeal is a watershed moment.
‘In the field, Blackman was let down by some of his officers. We feel strongly he should know that we’re not all like that.’
Black Cabbies beeped their horns in support for Sgt Alexander Blackman making their voices heard, a similar show of support took place in early January as Sgt Blackman’s legal team battled to get him bail.
Updates from the Plymouth Herald were posted onto their website which can be found here.
Blackman was suffering from a mental condition known as an adjustment disorder, the court heard.
Neil Greenberg, an academic psychiatrist who served with the Royal Navy for 23 years, earlier gave his opinion on Blackman’s mental state at the time of the killing.
He told the court that Blackman’s colleagues said he had changed after a grenade was thrown at him.
One reported it was like “a switch in his head”.
The court heard Blackman became increasingly isolated and irritable following the incident and would spend more time alone.
13:30 20% suffer poor mental health
Me Greenberg told the court that between 20 and 25 per cent of British troops suffer from mental health issues.
He added that adjustment disorder was the most common condition diagnosed amongst military personnel.
Information about the campaign can be found at the official website www.justiceformarinea.com or on the official Facebook page: Justice for Marine A