Sailor with rifle gets three years for threatening officer

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A ROYAL Navy sailor who threatened a superior officer with a rifle on board a warship has been jailed for three years and kicked out the service.

Kevin Moffat, from Edinburgh, had denied unlawful possession of a firearm during his earlier court martial but was convicted by a five-strong panel.

Judge Advocate Robert Hill, sitting at Bulford Court Martial Centre in Wiltshire yesterday, imposed the jail term.

The court martial heard that Moffat, 45, had been drafted at short notice to serve on board the now-decommissioned Type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh in summer last year.

But the seaman had become worried because his partner was pregnant and due to give birth in January. On September 28, when HMS Edinburgh was in Lisbon, Moffat confronted Lieutenant Commander Robert Williams over his request for leave.

With a rifle in his right hand and ammunition clenched in his left, he said: “Sir, you know me, this is a loaded weapon and it’s cocked. I want to talk to you.”

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