For anyone who read my original blog post Help Corporal Harry, I thought I’d let you know what has happened since.
- The Facebook page has had almost 3000 likes.
- The local and national press & media has covered the story in some detail.
- A petition was set up to contend that “MOD should fund charities that treat ex-forces personnel in jail with PTSD” – sign the petition here
- Harry has had some visits from PTSD counsellors, and has started to feel a little more positive in the light of all the support from the public.
- Harry’s trial was on January 4th, at which he was found guilty of Theft of Gun, Theft of one round of ammunition and Possession of a prohibited weapon; however charges of Theft of box magazine and Possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence were dropped.
- Harry’s sentencing hearing was due to take place on Monday 11th February, but has now been delayed until 18th February for reasons unknown, but hopefully connected to additional representations and appeals for clemency
- Several Members of Parliament have been contacted; my MP, Caroline Lucas wrote back to me saying:
A belated thank you for your message and my apologies for not writing back to you sooner. I receive a vast amount of correspondence and that can create delays at especially busy times.
I have been appalled by the treatment of Corporal Killick and have written to the Ministry of Defence about his case. I urged the Minister to intervene to ensure that Cpl Killick gets the long overdue help and support he needs, rather than a prison sentence. I also argued that this case highlights ongoing failures to properly support soldiers that are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and that the Government needs to address this as a matter of urgency.
I understand the court is due to rule next week and I have asked the Minister to respond before that date. I will be in touch again as soon as I hear anything and do let me know if you need any further information in the meantime.
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
If you’d like to Help Harry, the best way is by spreading the word and raising awareness – and the best way of doing that is to visit the Help Harry page on Facebook, click the “Like” button, and then share their posts on your Facebook timeline.