Captain Dean Sprouting

Captain Dean Sprouting: Widow To Take Legal Action Against US

Linda Sprouting is calling for an independent, UK-led investigation after the death of her husband in Iraq in 2018.

Captain Dean Sprouting

The widow of a British Army officer who died in a forklift collision while serving in Iraq is to take legal action against the US government.

Captain Dean Sprouting, who served in the Army for almost 30 years, was running at Al-Asad air base when he was struck by the vehicle in January 2018.

Subsequent charges against two American soldiers were dropped, including negligent homicide, after a US-led investigation.

Linda Sprouting is now calling on the US to release its investigation documents.

She told Forces News: "We want the US to release all their unredacted documents in their entirety, including the reviews from the two generals and the US Safety Board.

"Then we want a UK-led, independent investigation from the MOD [Ministry of Defence] – to review these documents and see what happened, why it happened and learn lessons from it."

Capt Sprouting was deployed to Iraq as part of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The troops were tasked with providing security at the base for US forces.

WATCH: Mrs Sprouting speaks to Forces News.

Mrs Sprouting told Forces News that support from the MOD has been "disappointing".

Armed Forces Minister Johnny Mercer has written to Mrs Sprouting's local MP explaining why the UK cannot pursue further investigation into Capt Sprouting's death. 

SNP MP John McNally, who has been supporting Mrs Sprouting's campaign, said she has been treated "abysmally".

"She’s lost her husband, she’s lost the father to her two children, and I think the support [of] the MOD and the whole system has been pretty pitiful," said the Falkirk MP.