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Retired warrant officer Ravensdale sentenced to suspended term

By KJ Mullins     Mar 20, 2013 in World
Ottawa - The last of the three officers held responsible for the death of Corporal Joshua Baker during a training exercise in Afghanistan was sentenced on Tuesday in Ottawa.
Retired Warrant Officer Paul Ravensdale was second-in-command of Baker's platoon. He was in charge of the military exercise that involved the Defensive Command Detonated Weapon C-19 that killed Baker, 24, and wounded four others. During Ravensdale's trial it was alleged that he had violated safety procedures during the exercise.
Ravendale was found guilty of breach of duty causing death, breach of duty causing bodily harm, unlawfully causing bodily harm and negligent performance of military duty on February 14, 2012. He was acquitted of manslaughter and negligent performance of duty (by permitting subordinates to train on live C-19s without conducting dry training). On Tuesday he was sentenced to a suspended six-month prison term, a reduction in rank to Sergeant, and a $2000 fine today by Colonel Mario Dutil, Chief Military Judge.
During the exercise a mine misfired sending hundreds of steel ball bearings into the wrong direction. Baker and the other soldiers were not in armoured vehicles or behind them as per the Canadian Forces safety guidelines. Baker was hit by four projectiles and died from a wound to the chest.
Reservist Maj. Darryl Watts and Major Christopher Lunney both were demoted and reprimanded for their part in the death.
CBC reported that Judge Dutil had wanted to sentence Ravensdale to a year of jail but because of the lighter sentence of Watts and Lunney in addition to Ravensdale's 25 year record of military service and diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder suspended the sentence.
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