An­other ‘slapped him in the face with his pe­nis’, court is told

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By BEN MITCHELL news@sun­

A ROYAL Navy sailor as­saulted a col­league by push­ing a beer bot­tle up his bot­tom in a drunken prank on board a war­ship – which was filmed and shown to the ship’s com­pany, a court mar­tial has heard.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened aboard the Ply­mouth-based frigate HMS Northum­ber­land while it was in Bournemouth, Dorset, for an air show in Au­gust 2013.

Nadim Bashir, pros­e­cut­ing, told the trial at Portsmouth Naval Base’s court mar­tial cen­tre the vic­tim had been drink­ing heav­ily af­ter be­ing in­vited to an event at the petty of­fi­cer’s mess.

Hav­ing thrown up sev­eral times, the vic­tim had fallen asleep on a seat­ing area and some­one had placed a du­vet over him when the al­leged attack took place.

Lo­gis­ti­cian An­drew Don­ald­son, 34, de­nies a charge of as­sault by pen­e­tra­tion us­ing the Heineken bot­tle and a count of dis­grace­ful con­duct of an in­de­cent kind.

Lead­ing Sea­man Christo­pher Cook, 31, de­nies a charge of dis­grace­ful con­duct of an in­de­cent kind by re­peat­edly slap­ping the vic­tim in the face with his pe­nis.

Mr Bashir said that a num­ber of other mem­bers of the ship’s com­pany had also posed for pics next to the vic­tim’s bare bot­tom ei­ther stick­ing their tongues out or with their thumbs up.

He said: “Mat­ters were to es­ca­late rapidly. Don­ald­son took hold of a beer bot­tle and made a state­ment for those view­ing the video of his in­ten­tions.

“When the neck of the bot­tle didn’t go in far enough, with both hands he pushed the base of the bot­tle, to in­sert the whole neck of the bot­tle, re­sult­ing in the com­plainant re­coil­ing and wak­ing up.”

Mr Bashir said that the in­ci­dent had been filmed by Lead­ing Lo­gis­ti­cian Roger Spratt on Don­ald­son’s mo­bile phone and pho­to­graphs were also taken “for the amuse­ment of oth­ers”.

He con­tin­ued: “To add to the hu­mil­i­a­tion of the com­plainant, the footage was emailed by Lo­gis­ti­cian Don­ald­son to him­self to en­sure a copy was kept on his com­puter for fu­ture use and he texted the footage, cer­tainly to an­other mem­ber of the ship’s com­pany.

“He was show­ing the footage for his own amuse­ment to the amuse­ment of oth­ers of what he had done.

“Word quickly spread about what had hap­pened and re­sulted in the com­plainant be­ing ridiculed.”

In a state­ment read to the court, the vic­tim said that he had drunk six cans of Bul­mers cider in an hour which had caused him to vomit.

He said: “I was very drunk, for this to wake me up demon­strates the force used. At no time have I given any­one per­mis­sion to touch me or carry out such an act.”

De­scrib­ing the strength of the act as be­ing eight out of 10, he added: “I re­mem­ber be­ing wo­ken by a feel­ing of in­tense pres­sure in my anus.

“This con­fused me as I didn’t know what was go­ing on.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

ON TRIAL: Lead­ing Sea­man Christo­pher Cook de­nies slap­ping drunk vic­tim in the face with his pe­nis

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