Inquest in death of soldier

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AN inquest will resume today into the death of a soldier in a suspected friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Christopher Roney, 23, of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died on December 22, 2009, of wounds suffered the previous day in Sangin, Northern Helmand.

His platoon was providing “security, reassurance and freedom of movement” for the local population, the Army said at the time.

L/Cpl Roney worked as a drayman before he joined the Army in 2006.

He was promoted to lance corporal in March 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan with the 3 Rifles Battle Group in October 2009.

After his death, his wife, Lorna, said in a statement: “Born a legend, died a hero.

“Loved always and sadly missed by his son William, five months, wife Lorna and family. We’re all so proud of you.”

Sunderland AFC fan L/Cpl Roney grew up in Silksworth and the inquest, which is expected to last five days, is due to take place in the city’s civic centre.

The father-of-one followed his grandad, two uncles and brothers into the Army.

His time in Afghanistan was his second tour after he had spent nine months in Iraq in 2007 and he also carried out a tour in the Falklands.