A grieving partner has been awarded six figured compensation after a Ministry of Defence (MoD) blunder caused Royal Welsh Soldier’s death.
Dean Griffiths 21, from Market Drayton, Shropshire, was a fusilier in the 1st Royal Welsh regiment, when a bullet pierced his neck during a live firing exercise at a Kent shooting range in September 2011.
At the time of the incident fusilier Griffiths was with a battalion unit, preparing to go Afghanistan, whilst his partner Nicola Griffith was pregnant with their son Harry.
Fusilier Griffiths was ordered to line behind a wooden wall, which was being used for target practice on the other side, when he was fatally shot by another group of soldiers who were practising, when a bullet pierced through the wall.
Ms Griffiths started an accident at work claim against the MoD claiming their safeguarding negligence caused his death.
The Ministry of Defence admitted liability for causing the tragic death, and on Wednesday 25 November at London High Court a six-figure pay out was approved.
In court Government barrister Robert Kellar said: “The MoD has admitted liability for this accident. It was of course a tragic incident.
“Nicola Griffiths has provided the most devoted care to Harry following the death of his father, and it is hoped that this day will allow Nicola and Harry to move forward with their lives.”
After the inquest his family said in a statement: “Our lives have changed forever and we only wish that he could have lived to see his little boy grow up.
“We have always believed that the right safety procedures were not in place to avoid the dangers of live firing exercises, and that the MoD failed in its duty to protect its troops. Following Dean’s death, we are reassured to have heard that the MoD has changed its procedures.”