THE mother of an Ellesmere Port soldier killed by insurgents in Iraq has spoken of the unfairness surrounding his death.
Corporal Marc Taylor was mortally wounded when his vehicle was ripped apart by a rocket-propelled grenade.
An inquest last Wednesday concluded the anti-tank weapon must have been fired by a civilian and recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.
Almost 18 months after the 27-year-old soldier died in Basra, southern Iraq, no inquiry has been carried out by Iraqi police, whose responsibility it is to investigate such incidents.
His mother Linda Roach, of Wervin, said: 'I accept Marc's killers are never likely to be found. But it seems unfair that, while the Iraqi police have not investigated his death, people in that country
expect the authorities here to fully investigate everything that our people are alleged to have done over there.'
Cpl Taylor, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was killed in September 2004.
The father-of-one left behind his pregnant wife Olivia, who has since given birth to a son.
She attended the inquest on the man she described as a hero.
Speaking after the incident, Mrs Taylor said: 'He was an Army man through and through.
'He was always very positive about his time in Iraq and serving his country. He enjoyed the particular job he was doing, helping the Iraqi people rebuild their lives.
'All of his family are proud that he died doing the job he wanted to do. He was a hero to all of us and everyone who knew him.' At the inquest, Cpl Taylor's colleague Bombardier Russell Halden, of the Royal Horse Artillery, re-lived the moment when he saw the vehicle explode.
He said: 'There was a bright yellow flash and, at the same time, we came under small-arms fire.'
Bdr Halden said he tried to shoot at Iraqis in the distance, but they disappeared from view.
Although Cpl Taylor was still breathing when he was found, attempts to revive the former Whitby High School pupil failed.
Coroner Nicholas Gardiner said: 'At this time, the war had long been over, so there can be no question of there being another authorised military force. It has to have been done by civilians.'
The verdict of the inquest in Oxford was unlawful killing. The cause of death was given as blast injuries caused by an explosion.