THIS WEEK IN 1997: Sailor was victim of shameful assault

A young sailor was taped to a table, half-stripped and assaulted with a vaccuum cleaner, a court martial in Portsmouth was told.

Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 6:00 am

It was part of a campaign of bullying which began when Michael Whitesman joined his first ship, the frigate HMS London, at the age of 19 and continued for nearly a year, he told the hearing at HMS Nelson.

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Reports alleged he was also routinely slapped around the head, had cans of beer thrown at him and was racially abused.