Former solider acquitted of manslaughter

Cpl. Joshua Caleb Baker of Edmonton was 24 years old when he was killed near Kandahar City,...

Cpl. Joshua Caleb Baker of Edmonton was 24 years old when he was killed near Kandahar City, Afghanistan, in an Feb. 12. 2010 incident. (DND Handout Photo)

Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:26 PM ET

WINNIPEG — A former CFB Shilo soldier has been acquitted of manslaughter for a training exercise accident in Afghanistan that killed a fellow soldier.

A five-soldier jury panel convicted former warrant officer Paul Ravensdale of four lesser offences, including two counts of breaching his duty and one count each of unlawfully causing bodily harm and negligent performance of a duty.

The jury reached its verdict after two days of deliberations and two weeks of testimony at Shilo.

Cpl. Joshua Baker, 24, was killed and four other soldiers were injured during a live fire training exercise near Kandahar in February 2010.

Court was told Ravensdale was supervising a training exercise involving the detonation of Claymore mines and did not take the necessary precautions to ensure soldiers were out of harm's way.


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