A British army soldier who has been left disabled is outraged, after finding out the soldier who shot him, received a ten times higher compensation pay out.
Colour Sergeant Albert Thomson, 47, was left with devastating injuries when he was shot during friendly fire in southern Iraq.
Battlefield surgeons battled to save his life and removed the lower limb of his leg, following the incident he received a one-off payment of £50,000.
CSgt Thomson was left outraged after discovering Captain Thomas Henderson, who was accused of firing the weapon, received an out of court settlement of £500,000 in March 2003, after he claimed psychological injury compensation against the Ministry of Defence for the stress he suffered following the incident.
Capt Henderson was manning machine-guns inside Warrior armoured vehicle when he accidentally fired, striking CSgt Thomson. Capt Henderson insisted that the weapons were faulty and he hadn’t fired, but following investigations the claims were discovered to be false.
Capt Henderson was found guilty of negligent discharge and was fined two weeks of wages of £1,299, Capt Henderson appealed to court martial in 2004 and evidence revealed electrical fault could have caused the misfire.
The conviction was overturned and he left the Army in 2007, he later claimed that he was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).
Following a MoD investigations launch on the design of the warrior and the machine gun, it was found that the weapon should continue in service, placing more blame on Capt Henderson.
When Capt Henderson found out about the investigation he said it made his PTSD worse and claimed compensation against MoD.
Csgt Thomson said: “He’s done well, hasn’t he? He shot me, not on purpose obviously, but he was the main cause of it. I got a one-off payment from the Army of around £50,000 for my leg. I also got a war pension because I’d lost my whole career. I never sued the MoD – I just got what I was given”