Rifleman Kieran Trewin outside Tidworth Garrison Theatre NOVEMBER 2021 CREDIT SOLENT NEWS AND PHOTO AGENCY
Rifleman Kieran Trewin outside Tidworth Garrison Theatre (Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency).
Army

Soldier jailed after naked initiation ceremony

Rifleman Kieran Trewin, 26, has been sentenced to 18 months military detention.

Rifleman Kieran Trewin outside Tidworth Garrison Theatre NOVEMBER 2021 CREDIT SOLENT NEWS AND PHOTO AGENCY
Rifleman Kieran Trewin outside Tidworth Garrison Theatre (Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency).

A British Army soldier has been jailed and kicked out of the military after he forced junior recruits to box each other in the nude during an initiation ceremony.

Rifleman Kieran Trewin, 26, admitted running the humiliating event, described as naked "ice breakers", where troops were made to stand on a chair and strip off in front of up to 20 colleagues.

They were then quizzed about their sex lives and girlfriends, while the 26-year-old "slapped" their genitals, a court martial was told.

The junior soldiers were also forced to box each other "completely naked", other than boxing gloves they had been given.

The two-day court martial at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire, heard up to 20 soldiers had been enjoying drinks outside a block before heading inside to continue drinking in a company kitchen at the Rifles' barracks in Chepstow.

Once in the kitchen, however, six junior soldiers were instructed to stand on a chair in front of the rest of the company and "strip".

One junior soldier refused to take part in the ritual, and left for his room, the court heard, but the rest did what they were told.

'Not a regular occurrence'

One of the soldiers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: "The night was not a regular occurrence, and at first I thought it was a social event.

"Our names were called out and we went to the front... I didn't know this was going to happen, it caught me by surprise.

"At that stage, we had been drinking for about an hour. Me [and five others] were stood at the front. We had all recently joined.

"Rfn Trewin called out our names and we were told to strip down naked, present ourselves on to a chair and tell our life stories.

"We were feeling nervous. There were between 15 and 20 people in the kitchen, all junior soldiers.

"I was asked to stand on the chair - completely naked - and tell my life story.

"I was also asked about my ex-girlfriend."

Tidworth Garrison Theatre NOVEMBER 2021 CREDIT SOLENT NEWS AND PHOTO AGENCY
The two-day court martial was held at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire (Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency).

The soldier added that Rfn "slapped" and "made fun" of his genitals.

Another soldier told the court how, after being subjected to similar ridicule, he was forced to fight a fellow junior soldier whilst still in the nude.

The soldier told the court: "We were introduced to an 'ice breaker' in the kitchen."

He added that Rfn Trewin "played with" his genitals, before he asked the more senior soldier to stop.

"[Later on] I also had one boxing fight wearing boxing gloves... [another soldier] was making sure it didn't go too far - he was the referee of sorts.

"We were still naked at the time."

Another rifleman added the doors were "locked" so no one could leave during the naked boxing bouts.

Detailing the ceremony, Commander Peter Barker, prosecuting, said: "Rfn Trewin was one of the senior soldiers within the company.

"There came a time, at half seven or eight o'clock, that the music was turned down and Rfn Trewin and [another soldier] delivered a brief that [soldiers] were not to take any videos or photos.

"After the ice breaker [one soldier] says he was told to consume some drink. Having left a few drops in the beer bottle he was punched by Rfn Trewin."

At the trial, Rfn Trewin, who joined the British Army in 2016, denied touching the genitals of two soldiers and punching another.

He pleaded guilty to four other charges - including one of running the ceremony.

Rfn Trewin was convicted of all offences and sentenced to 18 months military detention at the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester and dismissed from the British Army.

Judge Advocate Andrew Smith told him: "[These young soldiers] were new, impressionable, and, above all, they wanted to show they belonged to the unit.

"There was pressure to go along with the ceremony, and this sort of behaviour is not acceptable.

"There was an abuse of your position of responsibility."