Marine admits ill-treating new recruits
A Royal Marine corporal based in Devon has pleaded guilty to three charges of ill-treating new recruits including hitting one in the groin with a pace stick.
Peter Clark, based at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, admitted the offences of ill-treating subordinates at Portsmouth Naval Base court martial centre.
The 39-year-old admitted grabbing Marine Recruit (MR) Matthew Scott round the throat on May 19, 2012, hitting MR Joshua Croxford in the testicle 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.
The corporal was due to stand trial on 14 charges.
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But after he entered the three guilty pleas, the prosecution offered no evidence on the other charges for which he was found not guilty of. Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett adjourned the case for sentencing at a later date.