Deliberations underway in manslaughter court martial

Five members of the Canadian military are deciding if one of their peers is guilty of manslaughter on a Manitoba military base today.

Soldier accused of manslaughter in Afghanistan training accident

A training range explosion in Afghanistan in 2010 killed Cpl. Joshua Baker and hurt four other soldiers.

Five members of the Canadian military are deciding if one of their peers is guilty of manslaughter on a Manitoba military base.

Deliberations are underway in the court-martial of former Manitoba soldier Paul Ravensdale.

Ravensdale is facing six charges associated with a fatal mine explosion in Afghanistan, including manslaughter and negligence.

In 2010, an explosion killed Cpl. Joshua Baker and wounded four other officers.

Ravensdale was leading a test of anti-personnel mines on a weapons range when the accident happened.

A weapon misfired and sent steel balls flying into the platoon conducting the test.

Ravensdale was in charge of that exercise. It is alleged that he violated a number of safety procedures before the fatal explosion by letting other soldiers stand too close to the mine without being in a dugout or under cover.

A five-member panel of military personnel received their final instructions Wednesday from the military judge presiding over the case.

Another office court-martialed in connection with the incident, Maj. Darryl Watts, was found guilty of negligence and unlawfully causing bodily harm at a Calgary court martial in Dec. 2012.