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Serving Soldier Killed Disabled Man

January 24, 2012

A serving soldier killed a disabled man in a pub car park in Wiltshire when he punched him during a row, a court has been told.

Pte Daryl Talbot, 21, from Larkhill, appeared at Salisbury Crown Court charged with the murder of 34-year-old Jon Paul Garland on 1 January.

The court was told the University of Plymouth graduate had died from head injuries.

Mr Talbot denies murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

Mr Talbot, who was based at the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill in Wiltshire at the time of the alleged incident, claimed Mr Garland tried to head butt him.

‘Vulnerable victim’

The court was told Mr Garland had a birth defect which left him with arms half the normal length and his hands not formed properly, so was not able to defend himself.

The jury heard Mr Talbot had argued with his girlfriend Alexandra Smith over another man and was angry when he met “vulnerable victim”.

Prosecution barrister Simon Edwards said: “There was no justification for the violence the physically superior defendant used towards Mr Garland that left him severely injured.

“The defendant struck Mr Garland on more than one occasion to the face and head with tragic results.

“He had little chance of defending himself or deflecting the blows because he was disabled in the sense that he had very short arms.

“There can be little doubt this defendant intentionally attacked his victim,” the barrister added.

Mr Garland, who worked in IT for the Ministry of Defence, was found in the car park and pronounced dead at the scene.

The case, which is expected to last five days, continues.

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