Two members of the Household Cavalry bullied a Northern Irish colleague and racially abused him by calling him “Gerry Adams”, a court martial heard.
Scots trooper Declan Coutts and colleague Maxwell Nicholls allegedly harassed fellow soldier Tpr Scott Alexander, with slurs about the IRA and “car bombs” and comparing him with ex-Sinn Fein president Adams.
They put him in choke holds and headlocks, repeatedly soaked his bed with water and stole his ironing board and boots, a panel was told.
The three were roommates in barracks at Windsor where they were trainees at the regiment, traditionally responsible for guarding the Queen.
Tpr Alexander said he felt “demoralised” and pleaded with Coutts and Nicholls to stop but said “it didn’t make a difference, they thought it was funny”.
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.
All four soldiers were Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment recruits.
Eleanor Lucas, defending 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.
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.
The trial continues at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire.
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