Ex-Afghanistan marine who killed himself "fabricated" body parts story, inquest hears

Ex-Afghanistan marine who killed himself

Ex-Afghanistan marine who killed himself "fabricated" body parts story, inquest hears

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A Royal marine who killed himself following a tour of duty in Afghanistan told his family a "fabricated" story about how he had to collect body parts, an inquest heard today.

Dylan Kemp showed family and friends photographs of body parts he claimed he had to bag up while on on tour during 2008 and 2009.

The 28-year-old was discovered dead in his flat when police broke into his home in Nottingham Road, south Croydon, on September 21, 2009.

As the inquest into his death resumed, Croydon Coroner's Court heard his mother Mary had raised concerns about what her son has been exposed to while deployed with the 42 Commando close combat troop.

Giving evidence, Major Alan Speedie who was a captain in the rank of acting manager during the tour, said Marine Kemp was never ordered to recover body parts.

He said: "He couldn't have done it and I'd not know about it. I would have known for sure."

Discussing some of the photos Marine Kemp had shared with family, Major Speedy said: "In picture three the soldier appears to be carrying a clear bag with body parts in it.

"He is wearing a 16 air assault badge, he is not a member of the royal marines."

The court heard Marine Kemp was asked to act as an intelligence marine and would have had access to computers with video footage and images from previous tours, which would have included images of people in the field and body parts.

"He wouldn't have been the recipient but he would have been able to access the photos," Major Speedy said.

Warrant Officer Russell Taylor, who worked as Company Sergeant Major in 2008, told the inquest evidence heard last year in which Marine Kemp told a colleague he had collected body parts were fabricated.

He said: "Marines join for the fight. Dylan Kemp was older than the average marine and he felt desperately in need to fulfil the reason he joined the cause."

The inquest continues.

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