Soldier jailed for attacking colleague with a machete

Soldier jailed for attacking colleague with a machete

An army colour sergeant has been jailed for eight years for a “horrifying” machete attack on a fellow soldier, as it was revealed he had previously served time for the culpable homicide of his uncle. A jury at Portsmouth crown court convicted John Norwood, of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, of the wounding with intent of L/Sgt James Warnock at Mons barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, on 11 July last year.

David Richards, for the prosecution, said the machete sliced Warnock’s shoulder and caused an injury to the nerves of his left hand, meaning he could no longer hold a weapon and faced a possible medical discharge from the army.

Sentencing Norwood, the judge James Townsend said he took into account the defendant’s “exemplary” service in the army. He added: “The injury suffered was a horrific one and caused [Warnock] long-term distress.” Read more

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