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IRA slurs British soldiers bullied NI colleague and called him 'Gerry Adams' court hears

'They frequently made racial slurs against him...referencing the IRA in a derogatory manner'

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Two Household Cavalry soldiers who had been accused of racially abusing their Northern Irish colleague by calling him “Gerry Adams” have been cleared

Two Household Cavalry soldiers who had been accused of racially abusing their Northern Irish colleague by calling him “Gerry Adams” have been cleared

Two Household Cavalry soldiers who had been accused of racially abusing their Northern Irish colleague by calling him “Gerry Adams” have been cleared

Two soldiers in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment have been accused of carrying out a “persistent” bullying campaign against a Northern Irish colleague, that included racially abusing him by calling him “Gerry Adams”.

Troopers Maxwell Nicholls and Declan Coutts allegedly subjected fellow soldier Tpr Scott Alexander to choke-holds and headlocks, repeatedly soaked his bed with water and stole his ironing board and boots, a court martial was told.

They taunted him with slurs about the IRA and car bombs as the three were roommates in barracks at Windsor where they were trainees at the historic regiment, traditionally responsible for guarding the Queen.

Tpr Alexander said he pleaded with Scottish Tpr Coutts and English Tpr Nicholls to stop but said “it didn't make a difference, they thought it was funny”.

Prosecutor Lieutenant Matthew Poulsom told Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire: 'Tpr Nicholls and Tpr Coutts launched a persistent bullying campaign against [Tpr Alexander].

“On multiple occasions they would pin him down, sit on his chest, strangle and choke him, and made racially abusive comments.

“They frequently made racial slurs against him being Northern Irish, referencing the IRA in a derogatory manner.”

He also said that when he called them to ask for some belongings back, Coutts and Nicholls – who were drunk in a pub – told him they would if he called Trooper Azaan Aziz-Sheikh, who is a Muslim, a “black-faced P***”

That night, Tpr Aziz-Sheikh was allegedly attacked by Nicholls in Wetherspoons in Windsor, Berkshire, and when they returned to Windsor’s Combermere Barracks was punched and kicked in the face by Nicholls and Coutts, the panel heard.

A lawyer representing Tpr Nicholls told the panel that the behaviour was “harmless horse play” and showed the court photos of Tpr Alexander in a T-shirt with “terrorist” on it.

Tpr Coutts' lawyer accused Tpr Alexander of “making it up".

Nicholls and Coutts deny nine charges between them relating to the incidents between July and November in 2020, including racially aggravated battery to Tpr Alexander

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