Thursday, May 10, 2007
A woman sailor punched her ex-girlfriend and another female Royal Navy rating after downing nine pints of lager, a court martial heard. The three were on shore leave from HMS Cornwall – the ship at the center of the recent Iran hostages saga – when the alleged brawl took place. Former Steward First Class Chelsea Johnson, 19, saw her ex-girlfriend, Leading Marine Engineering Mechanic Emma Scott, out drinking with friends in the Danish port of Aarhus last September. She followed them out of an Australian bar and allegedly punched Ms Scott and Petty Officer Katy Wells in the face. PO Wells was yesterday due to give her evidence from HMS Cornwall but the video link failed and the court martial at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth was postponed to a later date.
HMS Cornwall (F99)Earlier, Lt Cmdr Douglas Ward told the hearing: 'Prior to this incident, she (Johnson) had been in a relationship with Scott that had recently ended.' He said there was a 'physical altercation' but after that their relationship had become amicable. He added: 'On 4 September, Johnson, without any lawful excuse, assaulted both Leading Marine Engineering Mechanic Scott and Leading Communications Technician Wells in an unprovoked attack. 'The prosecution assert that Johnson was the aggressor throughout this incident. 'She initially attacked Leading Marine Engineering Mechanic Scott and Leading Communications Technician Wells attempted to protect her friend, she was then also subjected to an assault.'