05 March 2009
Girlfriend of soldier killed in Afghanistan seeks £2m in compensation
The girlfriend of a British soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan has launched a legal claim for compensation of £2 million against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick was among 14 men who died in September 2006 when the Nimrod XV230 they were in exploded near Kandahar while engaging in mid-air refuelling.
They had been on an intelligence gathering mission when the technical failure occurred.
Recently, his girlfriend, Laura Robson, lodged a legal action at the court of session in Edinburgh.
She claimed that the pair had been planning to get married and that she will now have to sell the house that they had planned to make a home in.
Ms Robson stated: "To all intents and purposes, we were staying together as a couple. We had talked about going away somewhere to get married," the Scotsman reports.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the MoD - which has an annual budget of more than £30 billion - confirmed that compensation claims in relation to the incident were being processed.