Sailor due to be sentenced

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A ROYAL Navy sailor who threatened a superior officer with a rifle is due to be sentenced today.

A court martial board found Leading Seaman (Above Water Warfare) Kevin Moffat, from Gosport, guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The 45-year-old threatened the Portsmouth-based HMS Edinburgh’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.