In a bitter campaign against the senior Wren, he wrote to the captain of HMS Illustrious to complain that Lieutenant Commander Karen Pearce was having sex on the ship with her new lover, the court at Aldershot, Hampshire, heard. Lt Cmdr Pearce, 34, of Nyewood, West Sussex, said he continued to make sexual advances to her for months after the break-up in 1996. As she continued to rebuff him he became increasingly angry and threatened to expose her sexual antics to newspapers.
Lt Col Pople, 42, faces two Army charges that his behaviour was "to the prejudice of good order and military discipline" and "scandalous conduct". The hearing continues today.