Wayne Smith of the Royal Anglian Regiment confirmed today that he received a substantial payment for tripping over a dead Kurdish civilian during the Iraq war. He told reporters that, ‘It was after a gas attack that we were sent to patrol this village. There were bodies strewn everywhere. It was an accident waiting to happen. I went tits up and bruised my arm. The medic couldn’t see to me straightaway because of IEDs going off and killing and maiming some of our lads. Later the bruise went purple and later turned yellow. It were terrible.’
Corporal Smith confirmed that he had benefited from extensive counselling at the time but says this did little to alleviate the long term effects.
‘Look, if you haven’t been there you don’t know how dangerous it is. My mate Simmo got sand in his eyes in that village when the wind got up and his lawyer said it was a clear breach of duty of care by the army who should have pointed out the possibility of a sand hazard in these desert communities.’
He defended his large payout by adding, ‘I knew somebody in the Dutch peacekeeping force during the Yugoslavian conflict got several thousand after tripping over a Serb. Nobody joins the forces to have their lives put in danger.’