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Soldier who killed elderly couple blames sneezing spell and stomach cramps

By Mason White 1:41 PM June 18, 2014
Sergeant Harry Gurung 

By: Hydar Tomar
A soldier who was arrested on charges of murder, is blaming a sneezing fit and stomach cramps for the tragic death of an elderly couple, a court in the United Kingdom heard.

The Gurkha soldier of Nepal, 45-year-old Sergeant Harry Gurung, tired to pass the vehicle of David and Mary Marshall, at a speed of 74 miles per hour.

That is when he lost control of his vehicle and clipped the victims’ car, the Newport Crown Court heard. Retired Royal Air Force Flight Sergeant Harry Marshall, 79, died instantly when his car crashed into a tree.

His wife, Mary, 73, died four days later. The couple of Llangattock, Abergavenny, was returning home from a barbecue organized by their church.

Gurung blamed a sneezing fit and stomach cramps for causing him to clip the couple’s car, sending them into a fatal spin. Gurung suffered a concussion in the accident.

An analysis of the on-board computer in Gurung’s vehicle showed that the soldier was traveling at speeds of 69 to 78 miles per hour, when the accident occurred. Gurung denied the two counts of homicide by dangerous driving and two counts of causing death by reckless driving.