Family of soldier, 17, found shot dead at Deepcut barracks say he was murdered

Pte Geoff Gray was one of four young soldiers who died at Deepcut barracks in Camberley between 1995 and 2002.

The 17-year-old was found in 2001 and the first inquest in 2002 ended with an open verdict.

Pte Cheryl James and Pte Sean Benton also died at the barracks and their deaths were ruled as suicide after hearing evidence of bullying and a lack of care at Deepcut.

However his mum is determined to get to the bottom of his death, and said she wanted former senior Surrey Police detective Colin Sutton top give evidence after he told ITV that he "felt pressured to conclude the soldier deaths were suicides."

It's something we have to do. We owe it to our son to find out how he died.

But she said that the coroner didn't deem it necassary.

She said: "There is no evidence at all of Geoff being bullied.

"We believe he was murdered, that somebody else killed him.

"We have no choice. We had no choice from the very beginning.

"It's something we have to do. We owe it to our son to find out how he died."

She has also viewed material from Surrey Police disclosed to the family and was 'shocked' by what she had been shown but was unable to talk about it under a legal order.

At a pre-inquest review last year, Judge Coroner Peter Rook QC heard the issue facing the second inquest was "simply who pulled the trigger".

The inquest is due to hear from 60 witnesses before final submissions are made in May.


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