Gosport sailor found guilty of threatening a superior officer with a gun

SCENE The incident took place on HMS Edinburgh
SCENE The incident took place on HMS Edinburgh
Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson. Pictute: LPhot Ioan Roberts

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A court martial board has returned its verdict in the case of a Royal Navy sailor accused of threatening a superior officer with a rifle on board HMS Edinburgh.

Leading Seaman (Above Water Warfare) Kevin Moffat, from Gosport, has today been found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The 45-year-old threatened the Portsmouth-based warship’s executive officer because he was agitated about getting home in time to see the birth of his child.

Judge Advocate Robert Hill said this was a ‘very serious matter’.

Moffat’s defence counsel, Matthew Farmer, told the court martial that his client accepted the sentence would likely be a custodial one.

The court martial has now been adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be made.

Moffat will be sentenced at a later date.