AA55 gave clear guidance, for the offence of Drunkenness, that SNCOs and Officers should not intervene in person for fear of aggravating a bad situation by creating opportunities for a befuddled troop to commit further, possibly more serious, offences.assaulting an officer was a much more serious offence than striking a mere SNCO.
Marty Heslop?I have been wracking my brains. He preceded a chap called Peter Hollins IIRC. I cannot for the life of me remember his name though but a subby mate of mine married his daughter. Like most of these things it will come to me at about 3am when least I expect it.
Fast forward a while and Peter Hollins, who Iiked a lot, but who could be quite grumpy, was peering out of the windows as said subbie's troop (who I have to admit to being somewhat the blue-eyed boy, at least in comparison to the rest of us) were returning from swimming their stalwarts in the rhine basin. They looked in rag order I must say, causing the CO to hurrumph loud enough for most around him to hear, me included.
"well" he said
"Mister X (no names no pack drill) managed to marry the last CO's daughter. I wonder what he is going to do to impress me?"
I didn't say it was equivalent to civvy street, just that it was at least equivalent to what ORs would likely receive.
Would it? Does a punch up between 2 grown men always end up as a police matter? Not where I'm from....
I’m talking about an OR, who receives a criminal record, and possible imprisonment for an assault, who has his career curtailed and still has the legacy of that criminal record when he is out of the military.
I’m not talking about a civilian.
Apologies, I misunderstood.
I've never seen an OR receive a criminal record for similar, although I'm sure it happens occasionally. I have seen them get much less, and I've seen people who've done worse soldiering on and having a great career after a spell in MCTC (including one of the CSgts in my coy at RMAS).
Is that what happens when folks get cautioned for affray or breach of the peace?
What do class warriors get?
Quite.Affray, is a very little charged offence, due to CPS disliking it. If you receive a caution or are found guilty of assault in court, you have a criminal record for assault, BoP rarely ever results in a charge, and is a tactical move mostly to get people away from somewhere before they go on to commit an offence.
No police officer would arrest for BoP if a substantive offence of assault was disclosed.
It may have been self-defence, defence of another, or any manner of other legal reasons to strike the third party. Your suggestion that it is tantamount to perverting the course of justice without knowing the facts is ludicrous.