Marine denies poor treatment of new man

A MARINE accused of ill-treating a subordinate during an alleged initiation ceremony told a court martial he did feed new recruits chilli and cinnamon powder '“ but only in a bid to help them win a drinking game.

Monday, 25th April 2016, 6:01 am

Marine Ian Tennet, 32, said he only arrived at the quadrangle, where the event he called a ‘joining run’ was taking place, after it started.

Marine Tennet, a lance corporal at the time, said he played a ‘sober, supervisory’ role, was simply there as a ‘helping hand’ to ‘his lads’ and was not one of the organisers of the event.

The 32-year-old, of South Shields, allegedly ill-treated subordinate Carlo Nicholson, who joined the 45 Commando, based in Royal Marine Condor, in Arbroath, Scotland, in November 2013.

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The tasks formed part of what the prosecution call ‘an unethical and inappropriate initiation ceremony’.

Marine Tennet denies one charge of ill treatment of a subordinate.

A second man, ex Marine Ryan Logan, 25, denies four counts of battery and one charge of disgraceful conduct of a cruel kind.

In references read out at Portsmouth Military Court, Marine Tennet was called ‘an example to new marines’.