Soldier found guilty of manslaughter of fellow serviceman
11:35am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A WILTSHIRE- based soldier who launched an unprovoked attack on one of his colleagues has been found guilty of the manslaughter.
John Gilliver, 33, of Bingham Road, Larkhill, had claimed he was trying to get fellow soldier Gunner Steven Castaglioni safely back to barracks after an evening of drinking at his home in June 2009.
But Winchester Crown Court heard from witnesses who said they saw an altercation between the men and described Gilliver punching, kicking and rugby tackling Steven to the ground.
At 11pm the two men were seen walking along The Packway when Gilliver punched Steven who fell to the ground.
Despite the best efforts of witnesses and paramedics, Steven was unresponsive and could not be saved.
The cause of death was given as the combined effects of concussive head injury and intoxication.
On Monday a jury found Gilliver guilty .
Det Sgt Deborah Ellender who led the investigation said: “This case shows how any act of violence can result in tragic consequences. It should not be underestimated. A single punch can cause serious or fatal injuries.
“John Gilliver and Steven Castaglioni were friends and colleagues and had spent the afternoon drinking together at Gilliver’s home. There was a disagreement between the men and Gilliver’s aggressive response, coupled with the affects of alcohol resulted in Steven’s death.
“The life of a popular young man, loving son and promising soldier was cut tragically short. Our thoughts are with Steven’s family and we hope that the jury’s verdict will give them some peace of mind.”
Gilliver was remanded for sentencing at a later date.