Sex Scandal Continues.....Update 20 Feb

Chaps. I've been away for a few days (work for a living) and this case is STILL dragging on.

I bring you the latest gripping details:

Soldier 'took overdose as life fell apart over her affair with major'

A female soldier who was allegedly "harassed" into a sexual relationship by a major tried to commit suicide as her life fell apart, an employment tribunal heard yesterday.

WO2 Angela McConnell, 41, told the Southampton tribunal that her suicide attempt followed "a terrible row" with her husband.

George McConnell, who had discovered her relationship with the major by bugging her car, told her: "I can't stand you. I want you out of my life. I am getting a divorce." He then took their two children and left.

"I decided to kill myself," she said. "I had been feeling suicidal for some time. I filled the bath. I was sobbing hysterically. I sat in the bath drinking wine and took seven or eight pills. They tranquillised me. Thinking of the children stopped me taking any more."

The major, an officer in the King's Royal Hussars, told an industrial tribunal that he did not think he was aware of the suicide attempt.

The following day, WO McConnell telephoned the major, who was working in London. "I woke up wishing I was dead," she told the tribunal. "I felt awful."

He told her that he was coming down to Salisbury Plain to see her. She said they could not meet but he persisted.

WO McConnell, from West Lulworth, Dorset, picked him up from Salisbury station. He then drove out into the country before reversing into a woodland track. When she asked him what he was doing he told her he just wanted to hold her, but almost immediately climbed over to the passenger side of the car.

WO2 McConnell said: "Oh, no, please, I don't want to do this." But the major replied: "I just want you."

The major "was so persistent and I felt so ill that I could not resist any more", WO McConnell told the tribunal. "I thought, 'This is awful. Why did he come all this way just to have sex with me?'."

John Mackenzie, counsel for WO McConnell, put it to the major that she had repeatedly said no to his attempts to have sex at this time.

"Did she tell you she had made a suicide attempt the night before?" Mr Mackenzie asked the major. He replied: "I don't think so."

Mr Mackenzie asked: "The last thing she wanted to do was have sex with you, wasn't it?" The major replied: "You would have to ask her that."

The tribunal also heard how the major sent a female private attached to the King's Royal Hussars a number of text messages culminating in one that asked her to come to his cottage for a drink.

The Army strictly forbids sexual relationships between commissioned officers and other ranks, ranging from private to warrant officer.

Chantelle Edwards, now a lance-corporal, told the tribunal that she was 21 at the time and the major "seemed more friendly than some of the other officers". When she was sent away on a course, he texted her several times asking how she was getting on, although she had never given him her number.

She thought at first that he was just being friendly but then "he sent what I felt was a flirty message asking me round to his cottage for a drink". L/Cpl Edwards said she was "shocked" to receive such an invitation from an officer and "apprehensive" over what might happen if she rebuffed his attentions.

After consulting her boyfriend, she told the major she was not interested in meeting and did not want him to text her again. She did not hear from him again.

The major admitted "lying intensively" during the investigation into his relationship with WO McConnell and making a number of claims about relationships between her and other soldiers to army investigators. But they "found no evidence" to back up the allegations, he said.

He also admitted twice lying to a 1994 SIB investigation into a pornographic video sent to him by a female staff-sergeant with whom he is also alleged to have had sexual relations.

Two witnesses to the tribunal said they had seen WO McConnell flirting with and kissing the Regimental Sergeant-Major WO1 Chris Sym, who was not married, in the sergeants' mess.

The hearing continues.
If she seriously wanted to top herself she should have taken a small electric fire into the bath with her. Sounds like a load of old sh*te.

As this case goes on (thanks for the reportage Mr HC) I am beginning to feel less sorry for her. She now portrays herself for what she is and was all along. A slapper.
I thought I was posting too many new threads, so today's update is here for those interested.........

Officer 'distraught' by major's sex bet
By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent

A cavalry major accused of harassing a warrant officer into having sex left a woman officer distraught by placing a bet that he could sleep with her, an employment tribunal was told yesterday.

Officers in the King's Royal Hussars laid bets with each other as to who could sleep with female soldiers attached to the unit, the Southampton tribunal has been told.

Capt Samantha Roberts - at the time the regiment's equal opportunities officer - told the tribunal that the major bet one of his fellow officers that he could sleep with her within six months.

The major is accused of bombarding WO2 Angela McConnell, 41, from West Lulworth, Dorset, with sexually explicit telephone calls in order to pressure her into a sexual relationship.

Capt Roberts told the tribunal she was "angry and upset" that officers had placed bets on who she would sleep with. She had read details in the bets book, which was kept openly in the officers' mess of the regiment, whose Colonel-in-Chief is the Princess Royal.

Capt Roberts, who had just arrived at the regiment as a 23-year-old lieutenant, said she was taken aback to read the entry. "I was told that this was a reference to me having sexual intercourse with one of the male officers of the King's Royal Hussars," she told the tribunal.

"I was upset that the male officers had decided I was that sort of person."

The officer later saw another entry in the bets book in which it was wagered that a young lieutenant would sleep with her before the regiment deployed to Northern Ireland.

"I was very angry and upset when I saw this entry," she said. "I have never been out with any of the King's Royal Hussars officers."

Capt Roberts told the tribunal that this page of the bets book was later ripped out, but she made her "annoyance" at its content known to everyone in the regiment.

The hearing continues.

:? Is it just me, or do the Cav have a thing for blondes? :?
Bets like these aren't uncommon in mess wager books. What the hell do you expect when you have a lot of blokes living together under the same roof.

If the lady involved takes offence do the hounourable thing...

...claim your prize and then rip out the offending page and deny all knowledge of the bet :twisted:


War Hero
PC as always 5 mile :D :lol:
Hey some fecker has edited my post...

...demand to know who is responsible for this :evil:

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