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Love triangle soldier guilty of kidnapping member of Household Cavalry

John Watson and Lynsey Foston.jpg
John Watson and Lynsey Foston.jpg

A British soldier has been found guilty of kidnapping a member of the Household Cavalry in an alleged murder bid after they became entwined in a love triangle.

John Watson, 35, abducted Army colleague James Dicks - who is based at Prince Harry's former barracks in Windsor - and allegedly tied him up in the back of his car at knifepoint in an alleged murder bid.

The former friends, both fathers of two, fell out when Mr Dicks began a tryst with Watson's estranged wife Lynsey, Reading Crown Court heard.

A jury of four women and eight men has unanimously found Watson guilty of kidnapping but was yet to agree on a verdict on the charge of attempted murder.

It cleared him of having a kitchen knife in a public place.

Watson, wearing a grey suit, sat expressionless in the dock as Judge Angela Morris ordered the jury to resume its deliberations and said it could return with a majority verdict on the remaining count.

John Watson and James Dicks

Mr Dicks, 28, previously told the court Watson "hog-tied" him in the back of his car after lying in wait near Mrs Watson's Windsor home on May 4 this year.

He said Watson wrapped his head in cling film during the attack, which left him with stab and slash wounds, but was halted when two police officers armed with Tasers arrived at the scene.

Watson, of Pirbright Camp in Woking, Surrey, previously admitted a separate count of having a bladed article in public, but denied the other charges.

The jury did not arrive at a majority verdict on the remaining charge of attempted murder and was told to resume deliberations on Monday.