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A female soldier from the regiment that Prince William and Prince Harry belonged to has been disciplined after sexually assaulting a male colleague on guard duty close to Windsor Castle.
Trooper Corrie-Alice Holmes, 25, a private in the prestigious Household Cavalry, molested her shocked comrade after returning to the regiment’s base in the early hours following a drunken night out last Sunday.
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Army sources have told this newspaper that Tpr Holmes forced herself against the younger soldier, tried to kiss him and rubbed her body against his before being pulled off by a furious officer who reacted to the male soldier’s cries for help.
The following day, Tpr Holmes was hauled before senior officers who formally warned her that any further misconduct could result in her immediate dismissal from the Army.
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But last night furious colleagues of the male soldier, who cannot be named for legal reasons, accused top brass of leniency because the offender was a woman and the victim was a man.
They claimed that if a male soldier assaulted a woman in the same way, they would be sent immediately to military prison and booted out of the Army. Last year, a private who groped a female officer in a nightclub when both of them were drunk was jailed for nine months by a military court and dismissed.
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The outrage comes after defence bosses lifted a historic ban preventing female soldiers serving in combat units. Critics said the ground-breaking move could damage cohesion within regiments because of the likelihood that men and women would engage in sexual activity.
Last night, official defence sources confirmed the incident but insisted Household Cavalry officers had dealt with it appropriately. The Mail on Sunday has established that Tpr Holmes returned to Combermere Barracks – less than a mile from Windsor Castle – at around 3am last Sunday...
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