병사, 26, who scalded a colleague’s groin by throwing boiling water over him and screaming ‘that will teach you’ after he stole a slice of his Domino’s pizza is jailed for four years and kicked out the Army
A British Army soldier was today jailed for four years for scalding a colleague’s privates by throwing boiling water over him after he stole a slice of his Domino’s pizza.
Sapper Christian Dinsmore suffered ‘blistered second degree burns to his groin and scrotum’ and received treatment in hospital for three days after the incident sparked by a row over the pizza.
A court martial heard Sapper Samuel Webster, 26, had turned up at Sapper Dinsmore’s room in barracks wearing a ‘white mouth guard’ and holding a ‘large mug’ of boiling water.
Spr Webster was dismissed from the Army and sentenced to four years in prison for the incident.
After repeatedly banging on the door Spr Webster threw the mug at Spr Dinsmore, who was wearing only boxer shorts, before kicking him in the face – shouting ‘that will teach you’.
Sapper Samuel Webster (사진) outside Bulford Court Martial while his case was ongoing before he was sentenced to four years in prison and dismissed from the Army today
Sentencing him today, Judge Alistair McGrigor said: ‘As a result of your actions, Sapper Dinsmore was hospitalised for two nights and had surgical intervention.
‘The scalding to his right thigh and groin were of mixed depth and the injuries must have been extremely painful.
‘Such behaviour between fellow soldiers clearly erodes the trust and respect that is essential in the armed forces.
‘We took into account that the instigation for this act was Sapper Dinsmore taking a slice of pizza. That a minor spat led to your actions was an aggravating factor.’
Prosecuting, Captain James Farrant summed up the impact the incident had on Spr Dinsmore.
그는 말했다: ‘Spr Dinsmore felt unsupported within his unit and felt there was pressure on him not to report this to the Royal Military Police.
‘He felt intimidated and anxious because Sapper Webster had not been arrested and was still part of the unit.
He was considering leaving the army all together and he was worried about the permanent scarring it may cause.’
Spr Webster was convicted of a single charge of grievous bodily harm with intent, after denying the offence, insisting he did not throw the boiling water and had just gone to his room looking for payment for the pizza.
During a trial, 벌포드 군사 법원, Wilts, heard the pair fell out while on a rota for guard duty during the evening of March 27 2020, at Swinton Barracks near Tidworth, Wilts.
Spr Webster, 의 26 Engineer Regiment, had ordered a Domino’s Pizza, leaving what he says was ‘around three quarters’ of the pizza in the guard room when he went back on duty.
But Spr Dinsmore, from Northern Ireland, then helped himself to a slice.
Spr Webster later returned and confronted him about it before asking Spr Dinsmore to pay for the slice he’d taken, but was allegedly told to ‘f**k off’.
Spr Dinsmore told the court: ‘He asked me to pay him for the pizza but I told him I was not going to pay him for one slice of pizza – it’s ridiculous. It’s a joke.’
The court martial for Spr Webster was held at the Military Court Centre at Bulford Barrack in Salisbury, North Wiltshire
Spr Dinsmore was awoken at around 1pm later that day by someone knocking loudly and repeatedly on his door.
그는 말했다: ‘I didn’t answer the door at first but the knocks became increasingly louder.
‘I opened the door in my boxers and Spr Webster was standing there with a white mouth guard in his mouth and a large mug in his hand.
‘There was boiling water in the mug and he threw it at my right thigh and groin.
‘He came into my room and I fell over. I tried to get up but he kicked me in the head and knocked me down again.
‘I managed to get up and put my hands up to protect my face… I thought if I didn’t do something things were going to get a lot worse for me.
‘He hit me on the nose and I punched him back, walking him down and out of my room. I closed and locked the door and he said something along the lines of, ‘That will teach you’.’
Spr Dinsmore, who has since left his former regiment to become a Rifleman, phoned his father in Northern Ireland who called the Royal Military Police while the soldier took a cold shower on the advice of a colleague he had also called to his room.