A Royal Navy officer accused of bullying and harassment has been fined £5,000 after being found guilty of two charges of forging the signature of the officer complaining against him on documents he hoped would help clear his name.
Captain Edwin Tritschler, of Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, was also given a severe reprimand after he was convicted by a panel of senior officers at Portsmouth Naval Base’s court martial centre.
He was also sentenced to a forfeiture of seniority which means any credit he had gained since becoming a captain would be lost and his status would return to the basic rank of captain. He was cleared of a third charge of forgery.
The court martial heard the 48-year-old used a scanner and a computer to copy three different signatures by his accuser Lieutenant Commander Christopher Bovill to place on documents he submitted to the service complaints process.
The false documents were designed to show that the defendant had provided clear management advice to his junior when they were both serving on board HMS Illustrious.
David Richards, prosecuting, said: ‘It was sadly deliberate deceit quite out of character for a man holding the rank Cpt Tritschler does.’