Marc Thomson claimed he was too drunk to recollect the incident (Image: Getty Photographs/Central Information)
A soldier from the Queen’s elite bodyguard corps has walked free from court docket after drunkenly punching a pregnant 17-year-old within the abdomen after a pub crawl.
Marc Thomson, 18, and his sufferer had been playfighting however he hit her so arduous she drew blood, a court docket was instructed.
She rushed to the bathroom and noticed the bleeding within the mirror after the incident on the Hyde Park barracks of the Family Cavalry, which acts because the monarch’s official bodyguard.
Thomson claimed he was so drunk he couldn’t keep in mind the incident however admitted assault by beating at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom.
Matthew Barrowcliffe, prosecuting, stated: ‘The complainant on the time was 17 years of age, additionally pregnant on the time of the offence. The 2 had been merely buddies.
‘They’d been out for an evening out, they’d been to numerous ingesting institutions.
‘The defendant grabbed the complainant by the clothes having been irritated and having a go at her.
The prosecutor continued: ‘There have been two others exterior smoking.
The soldier was spared jail however handed group orders, a curfew and a nice (Image: Central Information)
‘At one level the defendant punched the sufferer as soon as within the abdomen so she went to the bathroom and found that she was bleeding on account of the incident.’
Thomson’s defence lawyer, Kane Sharpe, stated: ‘He was genuinely perplexed by the allegation. He was drunk and has no actual reminiscence of the incident.’
Thomson had simply been ‘messing round’ and claimed the harm to the woman was much less dangerous than instructed, Mr Sharpe added.
He continued: ‘That is unquestionably a reckless assault. He has fallen from grace some would possibly say after this reckless act underneath the affect.
‘It began off with play combating after which went somewhat bit too far.’
The barrister stated Thomson was described as ‘sort’ and ‘shy’ by his friends and that his superior officer spoke of him in ‘glowing phrases’, including: ‘He will likely be handled in-house as effectively.
Thomson, initially from Scotland, joined the armed forces at 16 (Image: Getty Photographs)
Thomson, initially from Scotland, was given a group order, a £500 nice and a two-month curfew.
He can even face disciplinary motion by his barracks commanders who may hand him 28 days’ confinement with navy coaching at Colchester.
The lead Justice of the Peace, Jeffrey Manton, instructed the younger squaddie: ‘A nice just isn’t commensurate with punching a pregnant girl within the abdomen.
‘Irrespective of what number of drinks you had, you can’t hit a pregnant girl within the abdomen.
‘We hope that is put behind you and also you’re in a position to transfer on.’
The sufferer is now an grownup and is believed to have given beginning since however can’t be named for authorized causes.
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