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.
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.
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’.