A ROYAL Marine corporal has pleaded guilty in Portsmouth to three charges of ill-treating new recruits, including hitting one in the groin with a pace stick.
Peter Clark admitted the offences of ill-treating subordinates at Portsmouth Naval Base court martial centre.
The 39-year-old admitted grabbing Marine Recruit Matthew Scott round the throat on May 19, 2012, hitting MR Joshua Croxford in the groin with a pace stick on June 30, 2012, and hitting MR Adam Lushman in the face with a pair of combat boots on June 9, 2012.
A pace stick is a long stick carried by a drill instructor as a symbol of authority and used to set a marching pace.
The corporal, based at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, was due to stand trial on 14 charges.
But after he entered the three guilty pleas, the prosecution offered no evidence on the other charges and Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett formally found him not guilty of these offences.
He also adjourned the case for Clark to be sentenced on the three charges.