`There is no place in the Army forofficers who abuse their position and rank' JUDGE ADVOCATE JACK BAYLISS Officer got his kicks preying on soldiers
By Alastair Mcqueen
A PERVERT officer was jailed and kicked out of the Army in disgrace yesterday for preying on soldiers of lower rank.
Roderick Bryce-Stafford was told by a judge: ''There is no place in the Army for officers who abuse their position and rank.''
The 31-year-old captain in the Royal Scots had been described at his trial as one of the brightest and most talented officers of his generation.
But yesterday, his career was in ruins as he appeared before a court martial for sentence.
He was found guilty last month of seven charges of conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline, including one of indecency.
The court in Aldershot, Hampshire, heard how he targeted other soldiers while on peacekeeping duties in Kosovo.
Among a catalogue of abuse, he had offered to perform a sex act on a fellow captain in the Royal Scots on the night of the commanding officer's birthday in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland.
Bryce-Stafford also tried to get soldiers to lure their girlfriends to their rooms for sex so he could blackmail them into allowing him to watch or join in.
In addition, he asked a soldier to perform a sex act in front of a female soldier and asked soldiers to join him to watch pornographic videos.
Judge Advocate Jack Bayliss told him: ''You grossly abused your position as an officer and the acting rank of major which you held at that time. As an officer, you are entrusted with the welfare of those over whom you are placed in authority.''
In sentencing Bryce-Stafford to three and a half months in prison, he added: ''We do not think dismissal is sufficient punishment to reflect the gravity of your wrongdoing.
''We have a duty to show to the junior ranks and the British public that such abuses of trust and power by officers will be punished.''
As the judge spoke, Bryce-Stafford's wife of six months, Sarah, 29, rushed from the courtroom.
She had travelled from Edinburgh for the hearing and was flanked by her father, David, 62, a retired lecturer, and Bryce Stafford's father, Ken.
Bryce-Stafford's younger brother Malcolm is also an officer in the Royal Scots, whose regimental motto is No One Attacks Me With Impunity.
Earlier, the court was told Roderick Bryce-Stafford was a pervert and a liar.
Prosecutor Lieutenant-Colonel Graham Coombes said: ''He used his rank to instigate situations where his behaviour ranged from highly improper to disgraceful and indecent involving a total of seven separate soldiers.''
He added that Bryce-Stafford had caused ''considerable damage to relationships, not to mention mental trauma to the soldiers involved''.
I knew this worm at Junior Staff College...he was known to one and all as 'Brown Starfish', and was the most hated man on the course...a perfect c**t from start to finish.
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. His poor wife...Imagine finding out you were married to such a creature.
Waste of a round. Put him in a plastic bag and bury him.