An Army colour sergeant “hunted” a fellow soldier at their barracks and attacked him with a machete, almost slicing his arm off, following an argument in the pub, a court has heard.
John Norwood, of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, is accused of searching for his victim, Lance Sergeant James Warnock, for several hours at their barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, before finding him in his bedroom where he struck him with “slashing blows”.
The 38-year-old is accused of the attempted murder of L/Sgt Warnock, 24, who suffered a severe wound to his shoulder as well as wounds to his hands and wrist when he tried to defend himself.
David Richards, prosecuting, told Winchester Crown Court that Norwood had previously gone to the wrong room, belonging to Craftsman Nicholas Wood, 24, and swung the machete, used by the army for clearing foliage, at him as he lay in bed, slicing the duvet, although he did not hurt him.
When he realised he had the wrong person, Norwood continued his hunt until he located the room of his intended “target” at 5am, about one-and-a-half hours later, the jury was told.
Mr Richards said the attack at Mons barracks followed a confrontation in The George pub in Aldershot town centre which began as Norwood slapped L/Sgt Warnock around the face before they appeared at first to overcome their differences.
He said that after banging his fists on the bar and pointing at L/Sgt Warnock, the defendant went up and confronted him which ended with L/Sgt Warnock punching Norwood twice, knocking him to the ground.
The court heard that one of the victim’s friends called Norwood a “mad pellet” during the incident. Both men were then taken outside by bouncers.
Mr Richards went to the stores at the camp, found a machete and went “hunting” for L/Sgt Warnock, who “grabbed him in a bear hug, shouted at him to stop and said: ‘Look at the state of us, we need to go to the guards’ room.’ This prompted Mr Norwood to come to his senses.”
The pair went to the guards’ room where an ambulance was called and the paramedic who treated L/Sgt Warnock described his injuries as a “half sliced-off arm”.
Mr Richards said that Norwood, of Hill Road, Glasgow, told police he had not intended to hurt L/Sgt Warnock. Norwood denies attempted murder.
The trial continues.