Report delayed on the improper use of weapons by Canadian Forces reservists

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SYDNEY, N.S. - A report on the improper use of weapons by Canadian Forces reservists has been delayed by several months due to the length of transcripts from a court martial into the fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan.
During the 23-day military trial of Matthew Wilcox, defence lawyers entered two video clips into evidence that showed soldiers pointing pistols at one another and repeatedly pulling the trigger during training exercises before deployment to Afghanistan.
Photos also entered showed some reservists mishandling weapons, and that evidence prompted a military investigation
Capt. Colette Brake, who speaks on behalf of reserve unit 36 Brigade Group, said Wednesday an interim report was expected by early January but the investigating officers only received court transcripts two weeks ago.
"In order to go through them properly, we now don't anticipate having an interim report until the end of March," Brake said.
Wilcox was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for criminal negligence causing the death of fellow soldier Kevin Megeney of Stellarton, N.S., in Afghanistan in March 2007.
Evidence suggested that Wilcox and Megeney were playing a game of "quick-draw" in their tent when Megeney was shot.
Wilcox, 24, of Glace Bay, N.S., was released on conditions in December pending appeal.
Brake said 36 Brigade Group commander Col. Tom Stinson will review the interim report and come back with a final report with findings that will be made public.
"Part of the report may lead to other things, but the investigation was based on the evidence that came out as part of the trial," she said.
"The investigation is going to be thorough, which is why it's probably taking them a little bit more time because of the volume of information they need to go through."

Organizations: Canadian Forces, Brigade Group

Geographic location: Afghanistan, SYDNEY, Stellarton Glace Bay

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