And another thing....... Day 3 of the sordid tale... all still from the Telegraph.. Officers 'bet on who could bed lesbian stable maid' Officers from one of the Army's most elite cavalry units took turns to try to get the regiment's lesbian stable maid into bed, an industrial tribunal heard yesterday. A major in the King's Royal Hussars, who allegedly pestered a female warrant officer into having sex with him, tried several times to seduce the stable maid, the hearing was told. Officers maintained a "bets book" in which they laid down sexual challenges concerning female members of the regiment, the Southampton tribunal has been told. The major told the female warrant officer, WO2 Angela McConnell, 41, of West Lulworth, Dorset, that "nobody has ever managed to get her into bed because she is a lesbian". The stable maid was a lance-bombardier in the Royal Horse Artillery. Any officer who slept with her would have breached strict army rules on sexual relationships between commissioned officers and other ranks. WO McConnell said that while gathering evidence for her case she spoke to the stable maid to ascertain whether she recalled being propositioned by the major. "She said she had been approached by most of the King's Royal Hussars officers. The name rang a bell but she couldn't recall the face." WO McConnell told the tribunal that the major continued to sleep with other women throughout their 11-month relationship. "It wasn't a love affair," she said. "He wasn't exclusively mine." The tribunal has heard that the major had affairs with at least a dozen women, including five other non-commissioned soldiers, his wife's best friend and a number of air hostesses with whom he indulged in group sex. "He seemed to have an awful lot of female friends and he kept getting text messages," WO McConnell said. But at the same time he was trying to make her "exclusively his", she said. "He wanted a situation where I would leave my husband, get a little house and the major pops around whenever he needs me; and he's got four or five others tucked up somewhere." The sexual boasts were just one of a variety of methods he used to try to get her into bed, she said. "That didn't work so he changed his technique and told me all he wanted was me. Then he'd go into the crying mode, and then there was the insincere whisper mode. He was using all sorts of techniques." WO McConnell, who has admitted sexual liaisons with two other cavalry officers as well as a lesbian relationship with another soldier, said the major also attempted to chat up two of her friends. He even asked WO McConnell if she fancied one of them. "He was attracted by the idea of having sexual intercourse with me and another woman," she told the tribunal. Wendy Outhwaite, counsel for the MoD, said: "Oh come on, he didn't have sex with everyone he met, did he? WO McConnell replied: "No. But that's the impression you got." She admitted telling Lt-Col Tim Allen, the commanding officer of the King's Royal Hussars, that the major was "not a dirty pervert". But she, the major and another female officer with whom he had slept were under investigation. She said she was lying to save not just their careers but those of the many others who would be dragged into a full-scale investigation of the regiment's mores. "Lots of people would have gone down." The tribunal also heard psychological evidence to explain WO McConnell's reluctance to report the major over the hundreds of sexually explicit telephone calls she claims he made to her. She was heavily influenced by her father, a Royal Navy officer who was very strict, said Col Mary Piper, the army psychiatrist who treated WO McConnell. "She behaves in a way you often see with people raised by someone overly critical," Col Piper said. "This is a woman who is obviously fairly vulnerable to authority figures. "She would have found it difficult because of the rank differences. I think she obviously had a great deal to lose by standing up and asserting herself in the workplace." That view was backed up by Andrew Gritt, the community psychiatric nurse treating WO McConnell. He said: "Rather than assert her views, she would try to please figures of authority both in her professional and private lives." The hearing continues.