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Royal Military Policeman convicted of battery after threatening to slit his girlfriend's throat

A Royal Military Policeman who grabbed his soldier girlfriend by the throat when she accused him of having an affair with his friend's pregnant wife has been convicted of battery.

Corporal Liam Farrell said he would slit Lance Corporal Rachel Ford's throat after she threatened to tell his mate the baby might not be his, a court martial hearing heard.

LCpl Ford - who had been romantically involved with the 31 year old for about two months - confronted him after seeing messages on his phone which led her to believe he was cheating on her.

She told Bulford Military Court: 'I was saying to him that I did not want to speak to him and he kept repeating 'are you going to say anything' and I just wanted to get past him.

Corporal Liam Farrell said he would slit Lance Corporal Rachel Ford's throat, Bulford Military Court heard

'He then grabbed me by the throat and he pushed me into the corner.

'I recall him saying 'if you say anything I will slit your throat,' and 'if you say anything I will kill you and I will kill (your friend)'.

'His face was very close to mine and his grip was tight like he wanted to hurt me but not hurt me bad.

'I felt like he was doing it because he was so scared of what I would do afterwards.'

Cpl Farrell told the court that after seeing the messages LCpl Ford threatened she would message his best friend - referred to only as Dan - to tell him his wife's baby might not be his.

He said: 'She said I am going to message your best mate; I am going to message him saying get a paternity test.'

After the neck grabbing incident on the evening of 14 May 2020, LCpl Ford went to the room of her friend - Corporal James Lloyd - and said Cpl Farrell followed her.

LCpl Ford said: '(Cpl Farrell) grabbed Cpl Lloyd's face and said 'you better make sure that she does not say anything. I will punch you and I will punch her; I will kill you and I will kill her.''

Cpl Farrell denied threatening to kill Cpl Lloyd but admitted grabbing his face and telling him to make sure LCpl Ford was not going to do anything stupid.

Cpl Farrell told the court that after seeing the messages LCpl Ford threatened she would message his best friend (pictured, Aldershot Barracks)

Cpl Farrell - who said he has known his best friend Dan and wife Amy for 20 years - told the court LCpl Ford had got 'the wrong end of the stick' with regards to the messages.

He said 'Those messages [with Amy] pre-dated when [me and LCpl Ford] were together. I was away in Kenya when [Amy became pregnant] anyway.

'But it was still upsetting to me that she might say that and the way my best mate might have taken it. She would have ruined these people's lives [if she told them].'

Judge Jeff Blackett found Cpl Farrell guilty of battery for grabbing LCpl Ford's throat and pushing her up against the wall in the corridor and sentenced him to a fine of £2,500.

For battery against Cpl Lloyd, Cpl Farrell received no additional penalty.

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