A Royal Navy sailor was pinned down by one of his colleagues who tried to make him perform a sex act before laughing it off as ‘banter’, a court heard today.
Able Seaman Troy Griffiths, 26, of Leeds, who is stationed at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, pinned the man down on his bunk because he ‘thought it was funny’, his colleague claims.
His alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was getting ready for bed when Griffiths is accused of restraining him with the help of two others who held one arm each.
After returning from the showers naked, the sailor put his knees on either side of his chest so he couldn’t move.
Giving evidence, the sailor said: ‘I told him to f*** off and he just started laughing – he thought it was just banter.
‘I kept moving my head from side to side and threw my body up and down to try and free my arms.
‘They do stupid pranks all the time, sometimes trying to burn us with Deep Heat, but no one has ever tried to do anything like that.’
The alleged victim tried to punch his attacker away and eventually he got off from on top of him, the court heard.
The next day Griffiths is alleged to have told his victim he ‘got revenge’.
Confused by what he meant, the man asked what had happened, to which he replied that he had made him perform the sex act on him in his sleep.
Griffiths denies one charge of sexual assault and two counts of disgraceful conduct. The trial continues.
Griffiths (pictured outside court today) denies one charge of sexual assault and two counts of disgraceful conduct
The sailors were stationed at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall (aerial view of base pictured)