posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 07:01 PM
The Ronald Maddison inquest jury has today returned a verdict of "unlawful killing". The original inquest verdict was quashed by the Attorney
General and a new inquest was ordered. During the inquest the jury heard how National Serviceman Ronald Maddison had died after undergoing a Sarin
nerve agent experiment at CDEE Porton Down in May 1953. The evidence also showed that Porton scientists had ignored an order to stop the human
experiments after Maddison's death. The UK Ministry of Defence are considering whether to make a legal challenge of the verdict.
Ronald Maddison, 20, from County Durham, died after being exposed to sarin at Porton Down in Wiltshire.
The original inquest in 1953 ruled that Leading Aircraftman Maddison's death was caused by misadventure.
In 2002, the High Court quashed that verdict and ordered that a new inquest should be held.
The jury concluded that the cause of Mr Maddison's death was "application of a nerve agent in a non-therapeutic experiment".
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This verdict will have repercussions throughout the military science community, in particular Dstl Porton Down. From now on , any scientist
contemplating human experimentation will have to remember that any wrongdoing will be brought to book, even 50 years later.
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