War hero Matt Croucher defends soldier over Taliban murder

The most highly-decorated Marine to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan has defended a soldier who murdered a Taliban insurgent – saying “the only good militant is a dead militant”.
Former Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, who was awarded the George Cross after diving on an exploding enemy grenade in Afghanistan to protect his comrades, served alongside the sergeant, who can only be identified as Marine A, who will be sentenced for the crime this week.
Speaking exclusively to the Post, Mr Croucher described as Marine A “a friend, colleague and leader of men”. He urged leniency and a sentence that reflects the pressures faced by frontlin …