Friday, November 4, 2011

Calvin Gibbs a U.S. Army sergeant 'murdered three unarmed Afghan civilians, smiled as he shot one dead and ripped out his tooth as souvenir'

A U.S. Army sergeant who allegedly murdered three unarmed Afghan civilians casually shot one victim ‘with a smile on his face’, a court heard.

Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs then pulled a tooth from the dead man's mouth, a fellow soldier testified at a hearing in Tacoma, Washington.

The chilling account followed testimony from several other ex-peers of Gibbs who recalled that he referred to Afghan villagers as ‘savages’.

Portraits were painted of Gibbs as a cold-blooded, renegade squad leader who hated those he was supposed to be protecting from Taliban forces.

He allegedly once told another soldier ‘the Army needs more people who can kill people,’ a court martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord heard.

But defence lawyers were trying to discredit the prosecution's star witness, former Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock. Read More