Two UK Marine corporals are on trial at Portsmouth Military Court for ill-treatment of a subordinate.
Corporal Danny Foster, 30-years-old, and corporal Philip Beer, 34-years-old, are giving astonishing details as to the incidents that are alleged to have happened between May and August 2014 at Faslane and Coulport naval bases in Argyll.
The marine that was supposedly mistreated told how he had to masturbate whilst watching gay porn or would be whipped in a ‘Django Unchained’ style punishment.
He explained: “You could be punished for anything starting from just leaving a pen lid on the floor up to operational things like not turning on your radio while on patrol.”
“A senior marine would stand at the front and would ask if there were any integrity shouts, which meant you would own up to a mistake you had made. Then there would be stitch ups, and marines or corporals could stitch each other up and report something someone else had done.”
“On the first occasion, there had been a map reading test which was made too hard and so a number of people failed. We got lined up at the front of the room during family time and the corporals, who were at the back, were talking about what they would make us do. They all laughed when Corporal Foster said we should wank to gay porn.”
On another occasion, the marine would get whipped whilst being hung from a metal bar on the ceiling.
“I had to take the punishment. There was a metal pull-up bar in the gym which you would hang from and be whipped.”
“Corporal Foster was not there when I was whipped, I had to have another marine do it and be my witness. There were different things used to whip you, on this occasion I was whipped with a rubber exercise band and then left hanging there afterwards.”
The marine stated that his period at the 43 Commando had left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The trial continues.