A DISPUTE over the estate of a fallen South Yorkshire soldier has been settled out of court.
The mother and girlfriend of James Leverett, killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan, reached a last-minute agreement before their battle was due to be brought before a County Court judge in Sheffield.
Sharon Leverett, aged 39, of Rawmarsh, Rotherham, and Tiffany Lound, 21, the mother of James’ two-year-old son, had been locked in a row over the serviceman’s inheritance, which included insurance and a death-in-service payout.
The women put up a united front in the wake of his death in 2010, but the relationship soured in the years that followed.
At James’ inquest last year, Sharon said she had not seen her grandson for six months.
“I’ve only seen him on television and in magazines or the paper,” she said.
The women were at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday, preparing for their case to be heard. But legal representatives settled out of court on an undisclosed sum, with a confidentiality clause set.
James, of St Nicholas Road, Rawmarsh, died in July 2010 when his convoy of armoured vehicles hit a huge improvised explosive.
The soldiers – members of the Royal Dragoon Guards – were within sight of comrades they had been sent to relieve when the 40kg bomb went off, stripping James of his body armour and hurling him from the driver’s seat.
His son, named after his late father, was born weeks later.
James, known as ‘Levy’, grew up in Sheffield and Rotherham, and was described by army colleagues as ‘very likeable’.