Monday, June 13, 2011

Absent Navy Petty Officer Jailed

NZ Herald reports that New Zealand Navy Petty Officer Norman Anderson appeared at a Court Martial at the Devonport Navy base yesterday and pleaded guilty to five charges. Anderson drank up to 17 beers and cycled away from his ship while on guard duty. He pleaded guilty yesterday to five charges including leaving his post, drinking while on duty and stealing food from the ship's stores. He also tried to cover up leaving the ship by signing the ship's security register ahead of time. Judge Johnson acknowledged Anderson's previous clean record after 19 years' service, his remorse and that his commanding officer had agreed to take him back. He was sentenced to 21 days.