http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,175-757007,00.html Army sex case pair face £½m libel bill By Michael Evans TWO soldiers who had been accused of having a romantic fling in the desert were facing a £500,000 bill yesterday after losing a libel case. Captain Sarah Pedder and Staff Sergeant Allan Dummer had already been punished by the Army for indulging in a forbidden relationship which broke the army code of conduct while training in the same unit in Oman. Captain Pedder, 28, was thrown out of the Army, and Staff Sergeant Dummer, 39, was demoted to corporal, and has decided to end his military career. Both served with the Royal Corps of Signals. They sued the Daily Mail and the London Evening Standard for stories about their encounters in the Omani desert during a training exercise in 2001. The jury in the libel trial at the High Court unanimously rejected the couple’s claim that they had refrained from physical contact until their return to Britain. Both left their partners and are now married. They now have to pay an estimated £500,000 in legal costs to Associated Newspapers, owner of the papers, which claimed justification for the stories on the ground that some physical and emotional intimacy had occurred.