Portrait of daily life in Kandahar emerges at court martial

The prosecution went through an exhibit of 52 photographs with aCanadian Forces reservist in a military courtroom yesterday in anattempt to demonstrate to the four-member military panel the workingconditions and daily life faced by the soldiers at Kandahar Airfield.

 

The prosecution went through an exhibit of 52 photographs with a Canadian Forces reservist in a military courtroom yesterday in an attempt to demonstrate to the four-member military panel the working conditions and daily life faced by the soldiers at Kandahar Airfield.

 

Sgt. Nathan Crosby, a member of the 1st Battalion of the Nova Scotia Highlanders based in Pictou, described to prosecutor Lt.-Cmdr. Robert Fetterly what he saw in each photo and painstakingly identified and labelled each person in every one of the photos.

 

He testified Tuesday he considered himself a “very good friend” to Cpl. Kevin Megeney long before their deployment to Afghanistan.

 

Megeney died following a gunshot blast to his chest on March 6, 2007.

Earlier testimony during the court martial has suggested he was playing a game of “quick draw” with Cpl. Matthew Wilcox in their tent, shortly after returning from a 12-hour shift at one of the main gates protecting the fortified NATO compound.

Megeney died about a half-hour later in a nearby military hospital facility.

Wilcox, 23, of Glace Bay, was charged last fall with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and negligent performance of duty, in Megeney’s death. He is a member of the 2nd Battalion of the Nova Scotia Highlanders, based at the Victoria Park garrison in Sydney.