Scots soldier arrested in connection with comrade’s death


A SCOTS soldier has been arrested in connection with the death of a Black Watch comrade in Germany almost a year ago.

The soldier, also a member of 3 Scots, the Black Watch, was arrested on suspicion of the manslaughter of Private Mark Connolly.

The 24-year-old from Fife died following an alleged bar brawl believed to be about a mobile phone in Paderborn on May 14 last year.

Mark Connolly died in 2011 

It can also be revealed today that Private Connolly’s body remains in a London mortuary almost a year after his death.

The tragic soldier’s widow is locked in a dispute with his mother over where to bury the body.

Private Connolly’s mother, Linda McComiskie, 48, today revealed that she is planning legal action against 26-year-old Stacy Connolly.

It is understood the arrest was made at the end of April, just two weeks after the Black Watch returned from Afghanistan.

The soldier, who has not been named, is thought to have been arrested by members of the Royal Military Police (RMP) at the unit’s base at Fort George, near Inverness.

A preliminary hearing was then held at the Army’s Catterick garrison in North Yorkshire.

The soldier could now face a court martial at the base.

Private Connolly had previously survived a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2009 which killed one of his close friends and wrecked the vehicle he was in.

Mark with his wife Stacy Connolly 

Mrs McComiskie wants her son laid to rest in the family lair near his hometown of Methil in Fife, but his wife wants to bury him near their home in Forfar, Angus.

Mrs McComiskie said today: “It’s nearly a year, and for my son having to wait all this time is ridiculous.

“Mark would of been buried last June.

“It hurts me, that his widow has allowed this to happen.”

She added: “I hate her so much – she has no right to do this to my son.

“Me, I am thinking of my son Mark and what he wanted, she can’t even give him his last farewell wish.

“I have been depressed, and I cannot get on with my own life at present .

“His widow has slated me in the papers things that are not true and I intend to take her to court once I get my boy laid to rest.

“I will fight this, as I’m doing what my boy wants not what his widow wants.”

Mark pictured with his mum Linda McComiskie 

Mrs Connolly previously claimed she was the victim of an internet hate campaign orchestrated by Mrs McComiskie.

She alleges Mrs McComiskie posted a message online saying: “If Mark were alive today, he would get a divorce.”

Mrs Connolly claimed last year: “His mum doesn’t understand how much we loved each other. He wanted to be buried in Forfar so we could be together.”

She said: “I’ve lost the man I loved most in the world, I’ve lost everything we planned to do together, I’ve lost the future we should have had.

“I suffered a miscarriage before we got married and lost the baby we would have loved and cherished.

“I’ve been left with nothing.

“Now I don’t even have my husband’s body to bury with dignity.

“As his wife and next of kin, surely I have the right to have my husband buried.”

An Army spokeswoman confirmed that Private Connolly’s body was still being kept in London due to the dispute.

The spokeswoman added: “A serving soldier was arrested on suspicion on manslaughter.”

Mrs Connolly could not be contacted for comment.

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  1. this is dreadful , i feel for the poor boys mother , she brought her child up , she deserves to have her son ,and have his wishes ruled ,its so unfair that this is nearly a year this lads left in limbo , his wife can move on meet marry again have children , think about his poor mother she hwill never have grandchildren from her son mark , his widow needs to let go , and let his mother get on with burying her son ,surley she can at least let her husband get buried , if she loved this dear man , she would let him go.

    • yes joe i agree with you , i have lost a son , and i know what this poor mother is going through , his widow ,has no right to do this to his mother, yes she can move on, and will eventually meet someone new , have a family , she is young , its terrible reading this and this has been on going for a year now , i really feel for the mother she loves her son so much im sure she wants whats best for him , i think this has went on too long !!let his mother lay him to rest ,its what the poor boy wants

  2. this is terrible ,i have been following this up , that poor boy ,lying in limbo surley the army can see that this lad needs a closure , its true to say his widow will meet someone one day and settle down , just let his mother grant her son his last wish ,if she has been made execator then this is what mark wanted , his mother has the right to dispose of him as she their wishes ,im sorry widow but you do have to let go , and stop thinking of yourself and think about mark your husband and what he wants ,,,,

  3. this is so sad ,how long does it take for this to go to court ,why is this still not sorted out, if the soldier made a will then for god sake let his prayers be answered , there is a body lying in a morgue ,this is s disgrace ,the army should know better this lad fought for queen and country ,and he gets treated this way ?let the boy home to his mother , she deserves him she brought him into the world ,i know he was married ,but i see it that she is young and yeah will someday marry again ,she will forget about him ,what about his mother,his brothers? his family that he loved, this is a disgrace the army shoud of had this sorted out by now !!shame on this !!!!

  4. terrible is all i can say ? who is dragging this on?? i dont know what i woud do if it was my son, poor lad ,ive been reading up on this , his wife has lost a dear husband yes and whom she loved , but if the boys made a will then let the buriel take place , the execator has the right to do this im sorry wife but if you love your man as much as you say you do then ,let him go , im sure your husband will want you to do this , he wants rested , how woud you like it if this happened to your son ? you woudnt ike it would you ? im sorry but yes my sides with the mother again ,its what your husband wants ,just because you dont get on with his mother doesnt give you the right to have to drag this through the courts , its that poor soldier i feel for i agree ,you have been seen out clubbin it , and i dont think thats a good thing , when your husbands not rested yet ,what sort of wife does that!!! its disgracefull to his memory sorry !!! his mother is deeply distressed , and i feel for her ,if youre a good wife let his mother do the right thing!!

  5. oh this story saddens me ,i dont know why its dragged on so long ,i feel for the mother ,as i am a mother myself , and if my son was tragically taken away this way .i wouldnt know what to do, the army has to now think hard ,how these young soldiers make their wills , this soldier has made a will so why is it taking this long, to get the boy rested !!! someones to blame for this !! i fee so sorry for his mother , i know he was married, but a mother s love for her son never dies , , i read a article in the paper . that this lad had ,actually hit his wife ? and mother in law ,why did he do this? and then smashed up the house , he must of had his reasons .why did his wife have him arrested ? and put in a cell, if she loved him so much? im sorry but this wife coudnt of loved him that much . he was such a lovley looking lad ,its such a shame ,i hope the famiy get justice ,thats what they need ,

  6. I think this is just sick found out that this soldiers widow is seeing another man from black watch photos to prove this and has been seen out by myself she looks to me like she is happy ,not a care in the world , if this is the case why don’t she stop being a snotty kid and stop all this court nonsence she has moved on the poor mother will grieve till eternity, I know the mother has been through a lot and depressed , no wonder what she has been through it can throw one over the edge , she is a strong woman because if it was my son I would be the same , please can someone help his mother get her son home to be rested give the soldier his last wish

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