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Former soldier guilty of manslaughter
A FORMER soldier has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a friend and colleague.
Steven Mark Castaglioni, 21, died in the Packway, Larkhill just after 11pm on June 29, 2009 following an argument with fellow Royal Artillery soldier John Edward Ronald Gilliver.
Gilliver, 33, told a jury at Winchester Crown Court the pair had been drinking together but Mr Castaglioni was drunk and got agitated when told he needed to go home.
The pair were seen by witnesses shouting and arguing in a Larkhill park before Gilliver followed Mr Castaglioni along Alanbrooke Road to The Packway.
Gilliver hit Mr Castaglioni who fell to the ground unconscious and died within minutes.
Gilliver, now of Copper Beech Road, Nuneaton, who has since resigned from the army, was initially charged with murder but the charges were dropped in 2010. The prosecution reopened the case after gathering more evidence from expert witnesses and he was charged with manslaughter last year.
The trial started on September 12 and the jury returned a guilty verdict at 3.18pm on Monday. Gillver will be sentenced at a date to be confirmed.