source: BBC News
published: 20 June 2019
The death of a teenage recruit shot dead at Deepcut barracks 18 years ago was a suicide, a coroner has ruled after a new inquest.
Pte Geoff Gray, 17 – one of four soldiers to die at the Surrey base between 1995 and 2002 – was found with two gunshot wounds to his head. His parents had claimed another person had pulled the trigger.
Delivering his conclusions at Woking Coroner’s Court, Judge Coroner Peter Rook QC said Pte Gray killed himself. Gray’s parents Geoff and Diane Gray say there are still questions to answer.
The inquest heard there was no suggestion Pte Gray was ever the victim of mistreatment or bullying at Deepcut, and had been happy and “Army barmy” from a young age.
But the coroner said he created an opportunity to be alone with the rifle. He said: “I am sure that when Geoff administered the shots himself he intended to end his life.”
The coroner also said he had not sought to explain why Pte Gray fired the rifle, but he accepted expert evidence that apparently inexplicable suicides can occur “out of the blue”..