Coveney warns of 'severe consequences' after soldier tied up with barbed wire

Coveney warns of 'severe consequences' after soldier tied up with barbed wire

Defence Minister Simon Coveney has warned of "pretty severe consequences" after it emerged that a soldier was tied up and barbed wire that was used to give him electric shocks.

A military police investigation is underway into the alleged incident at the Curragh when the soldier was tied with cable ties and the shocks were administered through the wire from a field telephone.

It is claimed up to 30 other soldiers looked on and that camera phones were used to video-record it.

"I'm very unhappy about it," said Minister Coveney.

"We have a full investigation underway now, which is a military police investigation, and there will be a full and very thorough investigation of exactly what happened, why, and when, and how, and I suspect there will be pretty severe consequences as a result of that report, but I don't want to anticipate the outcome at this stage."


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