Thursday 30 June 2022 11:30 AM Coldstream Guards soldier, 27, narrowly avoids jail for grabbing 17-year-old ... trends now

Thursday 30 June 2022 11:30 AM Coldstream Guards soldier, 27, narrowly avoids jail for grabbing 17-year-old ... trends now
Thursday 30 June 2022 11:30 AM Coldstream Guards soldier, 27, narrowly avoids jail for grabbing 17-year-old ... trends now

Thursday 30 June 2022 11:30 AM Coldstream Guards soldier, 27, narrowly avoids jail for grabbing 17-year-old ... trends now

A British Army soldier has narrowly avoided jail after grabbing a teenage recruit's genitals while shouting 'get your c**k out' at a whiskey-fuelled battalion party.

Guardsman John Mills, 27, downed a bottle of Jack Daniels before screaming at the 17-year-old - who had only joined the famous Coldstream Guards that day - to expose himself.

Bulford Military Court heard the young recruit wanted to 'fit in' so did show the group of about a dozen soldiers his privates, before Guardsman Mills 'took it too far' and thrust his hand down the teenager's pants.

Mr Mills was even later seen wielding a wooden sex toy and telling soldiers to perform sex acts on themselves with it.

He was serving in the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, the oldest continuously serving regiment which is famed for its high-profile ceremonial duties involving the royal family.

The Coldstream Guards can be recognised by their iconic red tunics and bearskin caps as they stand guard outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

At Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, the 27-year-old, who is not married, was sentenced for one charge of disgraceful conduct of a cruel or indecent kind.

He wept as he narrowly avoided jail with a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

British Army Guardsman John Mills, 27 (pictured outside Bulford Military Court), has narrowly avoided jail after grabbing a teenage recruit's privates while shouting 'get your c**k out' at a whiskey-fuelled battalion party

British Army Guardsman John Mills, 27 (pictured outside Bulford Military Court), has narrowly avoided jail after grabbing a teenage recruit's privates while shouting 'get your c**k out' at a whiskey-fuelled battalion party

It was not classed as a sexual assault by the Service Prosecuting Authority as Gdsm Mills' actions were not deemed to be sexually motivated.

Major Jon Griffiths, prosecuting, told the court: 'This didn't involve sexual activity but it was indecent, disgraceful and fuelled in a large way by alcohol.

'[The victim] had recently joined the battalion and it was his first day living in the accommodation block.

'He was in his room and was aware of a block party in the room across the corridor. He was invited to join, where a group of soldiers were drinking alcohol.

'As he walked into that room there were high spirits and drunken behaviour. A number of people cheered and shouted 'get your c**k out' and 'show us your c**k'.

'He was new, he didn't necessarily feel comfortable but in an effort to fit in he exposed his penis, as did other members of the battalion.'

Major Griffiths added: 'There was a sense of camaraderie, he was offered a Carling beer.

'At that point Gdsm Mills started shouting at him and pushed him into his face and was shouting 'show me your

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