From The Times Online.... "Soldier faces jail for killing puppy From Allan Hall in Gütersloh A BRITISH military policeman who admitted kicking a puppy to death in Iraq was found guilty of disgraceful conduct of a cruel kind at a court martial yesterday. Adam Matthew Lee, 23, could be jailed for up to two years and dismissed from the ranks when he is sentenced next month. Judge Advocate Robert Seymour said that the court was considering a jail term. Lee admitted killing the white stray at a military police compound in June last year one day after six of his colleagues were murdered by an Iraqi mob. Friends expressed their outrage at the conviction. We are all taught to kill. We were in a war zone, surrounded by stray dogs the brass said were verminous and he killed just one of them, one colleague said. This has been a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Lee said that although he was upset at the loss of his friends the killing of the stray puppy which was fed rations and befriended by other troops in the garrison was not provoked by grief. The three-day military hearing was told how the dog had become an unofficial mascot to troops based at the Abu al- Khasib military police compound. Lee had claimed that he kicked the dog after being bitten by it. The prosecution said that Lee had decided to kill the dog only after kicking it so badly when he lost his temper that he knew he then had to kill it to put it out of its misery." How much has this cost the taxpayer? What is the point?