Lance-Corporal Liam Culverhouse

Liam Culverhouse was one of the soldiers that were attacked by Gulbuddin Mohammed a rogue member of the Afghan National Police in a police compound at Nad-e'Ali, Helmand Province on 3 Nov 2009. The killer caught the soldiers unawares while they were relaxing inside the compound with their helmets and flack jackets removed. Lance-Corporal Culverhouse was badly wounded but survived. He was shot in the arms, legs and face. He was aged 20 at the time of the attack. He is now blind in one eye as a result. In the same attack 5 soldiers were killed: fellow Grenadiers RSM Daz Chant, Sgt Matt Telford and Guardsman Jimmy Major, as well as 2 British Military Policemen, Corporals Webster=Smith and Stevan Boote. Seven others were wounded.

Liam recovered from his physical injuries but was psychologically damaged, resulting in fits of rage. The tragic consequence was that he killed his own daughter, 19 month old Khloe Abrams in 2013. He lived with Khloe and his partner, Clare Abrams in Kingsthorpe near Northampton. In Jan 2014 the judge in Nottingham took his injuries into consideration but also knew that Culverhouse had failed to continue his anger-management counselling course, and sentenced him to 6 years in prison.

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by Stephen Luscombe