Letter: Rough justice

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Sir: As a national serviceman in the Royal Pioneer Corps in the Fifties I was frequently involved in preparing paperwork for courts martial ("MoD braced as judges outlaw courts martial", 26 February).

They all had three things in common. The prosecuting officer was an intelligent, ambitious captain (he became a brigadier). The defence was conducted by a rather gormless National Service second lieutenant. I don't recall anyone being found not guilty.


Alcester, Warwickshire