VICENZA, Italy — A sergeant charged in connection with the free-fall destruction last year of three Humvees is headed to court-martial, the military said.

Brig. Gen. Tony Aguto, commander of the 7th Army Training Command, has decided to court-martial Sgt. John Skipper, 27, on charges of destroying government property and making a false official statement.

Skipper is assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The squadron is part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza.

Skipper was charged in May. No arraignment date has been set, the 7th ATC said.

Three Humvees broke loose from their parachutes and plummeted to earth during exercise Saber Junction at the Hohenfels Training Area in Bavaria in April 2016.

Authorities have declined to say whether the charges fault Skipper with either an intentional or a negligent action.

Damage, destruction or loss of government property — either “willfully caused” or due to negligence — is an offense under Article 108 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Willful destruction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

Negligent destruction carries a maximum punishment of a year in prison, a bad-conduct discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

A sergeant first class heard laughing and cursing on a video of the Humvees falling from the sky has already been punished. The sergeant, an “observer trainer coach” assigned to the 7th ATC’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center, was given an administrative letter of reprimand.

“The reprimand addressed the unprofessional comments the soldier made during the video, and the fact that he shared the video with others, which resulted in it being posted to social media by an unknown individual,” said Christian Marquardt, a 7th ATC spokesman.

video of the incident has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube.

The military trial for a former Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island drill instructor linked to the death of a recruit has been rescheduled, according to officials.

Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix’s general court-martial was originally scheduled to begin as early as next week; now, it won’t start until the end of October because a judge granted a continuance, according to Marine Corps Training and Education Command, the division that’s handling the proceedings.

The new trial dates: Oct. 30 through Nov. 10.

“The case was continued due to the large number of witnesses and necessary time required to adequately prepare for trial,” Navy Lt. Clay Bridges wrote Friday morning in an email to The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette. Bridges, assistant senior defense counsel for Defense Service Office’s southeast region, is one of Felix’s attorneys.

The continuance was granted sometime in the past couple of weeks, according to TECOM.

Felix was arraigned April 26 and faces charges ranging from cruelty and maltreatment to obstruction of justice. He will be tried by general court-martial — the highest-level military court — at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

A Marine Corps investigation linked Felix to the death of Raheel Siddiqui, a 20-year-old Muslim-American recruit of Pakistani descent who died after a three-story fall at the depot in March 2016.

Shortly before the fall, according to that investigation, Felix allegedly made a reportedly ill Siddiqui perform a series of punitive sprints in the barracks. Siddiqui fell to the floor during the sprints. He then allegedly slapped Siddiqui, who was nonresponsive, in the face. Moments later, Siddiqui ran out the back of the barracks and reportedly jumped from the third-floor stairwell.

The Marine Corps stands by a report that concluded Siddiqui’s death a suicide. The Siddiqui family, of Taylor, Mich., and their attorney, Shiraz Khan, dispute that conclusion.

The same drill instructor reportedly called Siddiqui a “terrorist” at some point during the 11 days the recruit spent on the island. And that instructor should not have been supervising trainees at the time, the Corps said, since he was under investigation for his alleged involvement in a separate incident with a different Muslim recruit, who was ordered into a commercial clothes dryer and questioned about his faith and loyalty.

Sgt. Michael K. Eldridge, another former Parris Island drill instructor, has also been linked to the dryer incident.

He is charged with violations of military law ranging from drunk and disorderly to cruelty and maltreatment, and his general court-martial is on schedule for Sept. 25 to Oct. 6 at Camp Lejeune.

 

 

 

 

A case of sexual offenses was registered at Karwar in Karnataka against the two men who were arrested in July in 2015. They have also been dismissed from service and their identities have not been revealed.

Two sailors have been convicted by a Navy Court Martial of raping and blackmailing a minor girl and sentenced them to 12 and 15 years of rigorous imprisonment.

A case of sexual offences was registered at Karwar in Karnataka against the two men who were arrested in July 2015. They have also been dismissed from service and their identities have not been revealed.

“A case of alleged sexual offence by two naval sailors against a minor girl had been reported. The case was investigated in detail and a court martial was constituted.

“The court martial has found both sailors guilty and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment for 12 years and 15 years, respectively, and dismissed them from naval service,” a defence spokesperson said on Wednesday. Besides relevant sections of IPC, the duo was also tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

“The naval trial ensured safeguards,including protection of the identity of the victim as per POCSO Act of 2012. Further, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, other details of the case are not being disclosed,” the spokesperson said.

The two navy personnel and a defence employee were arrested on charges of repeatedly raping and blackmailing a minor girl, police said.

According to the police, the victim was in a relationship with one of the accused. In 2014, they parted ways and the girl got engaged to another person. “However, the accused started blackmailing her and demanded sexual favours from her. They threatened that if she does not agree to their demands, they would inform her fiance (about her past relationship). Following the threats, the girl succumbed to their demands,” they said.

They repeatedly raped her since January 2015.

 

Mumbai: A case of alleged sexual offense by two naval sailors against minor girls has surfaced bring a bad name to the Navy. The incident which happened a few months ago and was investigated in detail by the Navy with a court martial against the accused officers.

“The court martial has found both sailors guilty and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment for 15 years and 12 years respectively and dismissed with disgrace from naval service,” reads a defense press release. The naval trial ensured safeguards including protection of identity of victims as per Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act of 2012. Further, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, other details of the case are not being disclosed, it added.

 

 

KENTVILLE, N.S. — An army reservist who allegedly referred to a civilian worker’s hair as “nappy” and struck his superior officer’s hand the next day is facing a court martial in Nova Scotia.

Retired Cpl. Garett Rollman pleaded not guilty Monday to two charges of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline,” with prosecutors saying he’d made an inappropriate comment to Cheryl Richard about the hair styles of black people.

 During her testimony, Richard said her co-worker had entered the kitchen in late February 2016 and told her about a video that he’d viewed where a black woman was sponging her hair due to it being “nappy.”
 “I said, ‘Excuse me,’ and he said, ‘Nappy hair, you know like yours,” she said, adding she immediately left the area, upset by the comment.

Richard testified the term is “a racial slur they used a long time ago saying that black people have knotty hair because they didn’t have the means of working with their hair. It’s a racial slur that white people use.”

The prosecution alleged that the following day Rollman was standing near Richard at the military base in Aldershot, N.S., when he pushed garbage containers across the kitchen and shouted insults and profanities at her.

Richard testified she went from the kitchen area to a room where Sgt. Earl Smith — the second in command of the area — was sitting and told him about the incident.

 The prosecution alleges that at that point, Smith stood up, and “Cpl. Rollman hit the sergeant’s hand out of the way and took up a boxer’s stance,” before more yelling ensued and Rollman left Smith’s office. Capt. Greg Moorehead, the military prosecutor, told the court during his opening statement that Rollman’s behaviour breached military law.
 “None of this behaviour is acceptable, your honour, particularly in a disciplined and professional military,” he said.
During defence cross examination, Richard told the court that she had “sometimes” complained about Rollman’s behaviour in the past, and that he had launched a workplace harassment case against her prior to the incident.

An army reservist who allegedly referred to a civilian worker’s hair as “nappy” and struck his superior officer’s hand the next day is facing a court martial in Nova Scotia.

Retired Cpl. Garett Rollman pleaded not guilty Monday to two charges of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline,” with prosecutors saying he’d made an inappropriate comment to Cheryl Richard about the hair styles of black people.

During her testimony, Richard said her co-worker had entered the kitchen in late February 2016 and told her about a video that he’d viewed where a black woman was sponging her hair due to it being “nappy.”

Richard testified the term is “a racial slur they used a long time ago saying that black people have knotty hair because they didn’t have the means of working with their hair. It’s a racial slur that white people use.”

The prosecution alleged that the following day Rollman was standing near Richard at the military base in Aldershot, N.S., when he pushed garbage containers across the kitchen and shouted insults and profanities at her.

Richard testified she went from the kitchen area to a room where Sgt. Earl Smith – the second in command of the area – was sitting and told him about the incident.

The prosecution alleges that at that point, Smith stood up, and “Cpl. Rollman hit the sergeant’s hand out of the way and took up a boxer’s stance,” before more yelling ensued and Rollman left Smith’s office.

Capt. Greg Moorehead, the military prosecutor, told the court during his opening statement that Rollman’s behaviour breached military law.

During defence cross examination, Richard told the court that she had “sometimes” complained about Rollman’s behaviour in the past, and that he had launched a workplace harassment case against her prior to the incident.

During opening statements, military defence lawyer Brent Walden had asked for the case to be adjourned. He said the court needed time to find Smith, who has left the military and hasn’t responded to emails from the prosecution requesting his presence.

The presiding military judge ruled that the case could proceed, noting a week has been set aside for the case.

However, she also took note of the defence’s concerns over the absence of a key witness in the case.

 

A former Armed Forces reservist faces a court martial Monday on charges including striking a superior officer and uttering a racial slur.

Retired corporal Garett Rollman is charged in incidents alleged to have occurred in February 2016, when he was still an active member, in Aldershot, N.S.

Rollman also faces two charges of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.”

They include uttering a racial slur and acting in an intimidating manner.

Military Judge Cmdr. Sandra Sukstorf will preside over the standing court martial.

NEW DELHI: Five army personnel including two officers will be released on bail after an armed forces tribunal suspended the life sentence given to them by a court martial for allegedly staging the killing of three Kashmiri men at Macchil in 2010, officials said.

The Armed Forces Tribunal suspended the life sentence awarded to Colonel Dinesh Pathania, Captain Upendra, Havildar Devinder, Lance Naik Lakhmi and Lance Naik Arun Kumar and granted them bail, they said.

The five army personnel had approached the tribunal challenging the punishment given to them following court martial proceedings in 2014.

“It is a bold order by the tribunal. I am very happy. The order has shut misrepresentation in the case to a great extent,” said senior lawyer Aman Lekhi, who represented Colonel Pathania at the tribunal.

The government had strongly opposed giving bail to the five army men. They will be released on bail either tomorrow or day after, said Lekhi.

Army sources said the tribunal has only suspended the life sentence and a final order is expected by it.

British Army officer posted as defence attaché to Indonesia broke his girlfriend’s arm in “self-defence” after she “lost control” and began attacking him, a court martial has heard.

Col Simon Winkworth said he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after tours of Afghanistan and believed he was “in immediate danger” during the altercation with Christie Hudson.

The Royal Engineers officer, who played a leading role in building Britain’s Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, was described as being in a “high anxiety state” during the September 2014 incident.

 

The Army General Court Martial sitting in Maiduguri Borno State has sentenced two soldiers to 23 years imprisonment.

Another corporal was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Wednesday for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

The President of the Court, Lieutenant Colonel Adamu J. Hassan said the court having listened to the allegations and presentations of both the prosecuting and defence counsel, decided to punish the soldiers for acting against national security in the fight against Boko Haram.

He sentenced Private Eric Nwokoye and Private Macauley Fortune to 23 years imprisonment for the five-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms and 5 empty magazines of AK 47 rifle.

Other charges filed against the soldiers include unlawful possession of 50 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition, 2 rounds of BMG ammunition and criminal conspiracy to steal the above items.

The soldiers were arrested at Jambutu motor park in Jimeta-Yola town, Adamawa state.

They are to serve 12 years imprisonment on the first charge, 3 years on the second charge, 3 years on the third charge, 2 years on fourth charge and 3 years imprisonment on the fifth charge. The sentences are to run concurrently and subject to confirmation by the military authorities as provided in the Nigerian Armed Forces Act.

In the second case, Lt. Col. Adamu Hassan sentenced Corporal Garba Saidu to 10 years imprisonment on 2-count charge of unlawful possession of a box of 1,400 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition buried at Response Squad 7 Division barracks and possession of 1,400 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition hidden near a poultry farm at the Trailer Park Anti Bomb Squad Unit..

The Prosecuting Counsel, Lt. Col. Nkenmah Andrew Nyaro asked the court to treat the two offenders in the first case as first offenders and the convict in the second case as a first convict based on their personal records.

The Defence Counsel, Barrister Adamu Sani Badagubi pleaded that the two young soldiers had aged mothers and were remorseful and as such should be treated as first offenders and fined instead of sending them to jail.

Moreover, the defence Counsel added that the third convict participated in the Niger Delta and Jos Task Force operations without being found wanting before he was deployed to Operation Lafiya Dole in 2014 where he participated in Bama, Konduga and other operations where he recovered ammunition and N4.6 million and handed it over to the military authorities.

He said apart from that, the convict is married with children and has an aged mother.