Royal Marines discharged after initiation ceremony


Three Royal Marines who took part in an initiation ceremony in a packed Scottish nightclub have been thrown out of the Royal Marines.

A court heard how Luke Bowen urinated in the mouths of fellow Marines Jordan Coia and Ben James.

Luke then placed his genitals in the pair’s mouths and drank his own urine before shaking his private parts in front of horrified drinkers.

A fourth man, Craig Lynch, who is not in the military and for whom no explanation was given as to why he decided to take part, then performed a sex act on another person at DeVitos nightclub in Arbroath, Scotland.

Forfar Sheriff Court heard that the three Marines took part in the disgusting act, which was caught on CCTV, in the club’s smoking area.

The Crown accepted there was “no significant sexual element” to the crime so despite admitting the charges none of the men will face being placed on the sex offenders register.

James, 22, of Thirsk, North Yorkshire, Bowen, 25, of Chichester, West Sussex, and Coia, 22, whose addresses were given as c/o RM Condor base in Arbroath admitted a summary complaint to a charge of public indecency.

Solicitor Nick Whelan, defending Coia, said: “This incident resulted in the ending of service for a number of these young men, including Mr Coia.

“What he thought would be a lifetime relationship with the military has come to an end after two-and-a-half years of service”.

And Lynne Sturrock defending Bowen, added: “He’s been discharged and now lives with his parents.”