Jailed sailor loses appeal

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JAILED Royal Navy medic Michael Lyons has lost his appeal against a seven-month sentence for refusing to take part in rifle training ahead of a tour of Afghanistan.

The sailor lodged an appeal after a Portsmouth court martial found him guilty of disobeying a lawful command.

Lyons said he was a conscientious objector when he refused to do rifle training at HMS Excellent, Portsmouth, in September 2010.

But after he lost his application to be considered as a conscientious objector, the court martial in July sentenced him to seven months at a military correction facility and discharged him from the navy.

Lyons, who has now served his sentence, took his case to the Court of Appeal in October and argued the order for him to bear arms was unlawful because it went against the European Convention on Human Rights.

However, High Court judge Lord Justice Toulson upheld the Court Martial ruling yesterday, saying the seven-month sentence was neither wrong nor excessive.

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