Corporal Fined After Attending Wedding in Sergeant Uniform

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Corporal Fined After Attending Wedding in Sergeant Uniform
Thu 11-04-2013

Robert Barnett a Royal Marine who impersonated a superior and used medals bought on the internet has been fined, after pictures of him were found on Facebook.

Robert Barnett, who was a corporal at the time, wore medals he had not earned and the uniform of a sergeant, as he wanted to ‘big himself up’ at a family wedding.

In a written statement read to the court martial, Regimental Sergeant Major Joseph Gillespie said: ‘When I asked Corporal Barnett why he had worn the medals and uniform, he said he “wanted to look good in front of his family and big himself up”.

He was promoted to sergeant in March this year and was an acting sergeant for six months in 2011.

But at the time of the wedding in June, 2012, Barnett was still a corporal, the court martial at Portsmouth was told.

He denied the charge but was found guilty of ‘conduct prejudicial to good order and service discipline’ and fined $500.