Army trainers could face charges after soldier Josha Hoole died on a run in the ...

Corporal Joshua Hoole died aged 26 in July 2016 when he collapsed during a fitness test

Corporal Joshua Hoole died aged 26 in July 2016 when he collapsed during a fitness test

Two soldiers involved in a fitness test where a recruit collapsed and died could face prosecution, it emerged yesterday.

The Royal Military Police referred the men to the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) for alleged negligence after the death of Corporal Joshua Hoole on July 19, 2016.

The SPA is considering whether they will be charged and tried by court martial or referred back to their chain of command.

Civilian police have already concluded that no criminal offences occurred during the test when Mr Hoole, a fit and experienced infantryman, died suddenly.

Last night Mr Hoole’s father, Phillip, said he wanted justice for his son as he suggested the Ministry of Defence should be charged with corporate manslaughter for failing him.

Mr Hoole, said he no longer believed his son, 26, died of an undiagnosed genetic heart condition, as previously stated in a military inquiry, and demanded an inquest.

He said he believed his son collapsed after army trainers missed opportunities to halt the routine exercise when temperatures were likely to have risen above safe levels.

He said: ‘I want the truth to come out and I want justice. The only way the Ministry of Defence would sit up is if they get charged with corporate manslaughter.’

Mr Hoole, 56, claims troops had fallen ill on the day and a safety vehicle was overloaded with soldiers.

Corporal Hoole, of Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, experienced panting, agitation and cramps before collapsing with heart failure 400m from the end of the eight-mile course.

The course was run by a training team at the Infantry Battle School at Dering Lines, Brecon.

Mr Hoole’s father, Phillip, said he wanted justice for his son as he suggested the Ministry of Defence should be charged with corporate manslaughter for failing him

Mr Hoole’s father, Phillip, said

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