A sergeant in the British Royal Marines was found guilty of murdering an insurgent during a court-martial on Friday, after helmet camera footage of him emerged showing him shooting the man in the chest at close-range.
The man, identified only as marine A, faces a life in prison after being found guilty of murder, the Guardian reported. He and two other Royal Marines were on trial for their actions during a Sept. 2011 patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
Royal Marine A was accused of dragging an insurgent who was hit in a helicopter attack to the side of a field and shooting him in the chest.
The act was caught on a helmet camera, worn by marine B, the Guardian reported. Marine A can be heard quoting Shakespeare before shooting the man.
“There you are, shuffle off this mortal coil … It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us,” he said.
He can then be heard instructing the others to keep the video to themselves.
“Obviously, this doesn’t go anywhere, fellas,” he said. “I’ve just broke the Geneva Convention.”
The video wasn’t released after the government argued it would be a recruitment gift for terrorists and could lead “lone wolves” to attack British troops or citizens in revenge, the Guardian reported.
The two other Royal Marines were cleared.
Brigadier Bill Dunham, the Royal Marines’ deputy commandant general, released a statement after the verdict was issued. He said they respected the jury’s decision.
“What we have heard over the last two weeks is not consistent with the ethos, values and standards of the Royal Marines,” Dunham said. “It was a truly shocking and appalling aberration. It should not have happened and it should never happen again.”
The Royal Marines would consider the impact the case should have on training given to its personnel, he added.
The sentiment mirrored the Marine Corps’ decision to crackdown on cameras used outside the wire following the infamous urination video and the footage of scout snipers posing with a Nazi-era SS flag.
The Royal Marine who was found guilty is expected to receive his sentence December.