Friday, June 13, 2008

Iraq raid hero's prison fear on drugs charge

Published Date: 13 June 2008
By Richard Marsden

From The Star

A SHEFFIELD Army officer who led a daring raid which discovered the largest-ever haul of explosives found in Iraq has become the most senior soldier to admit a drugs offence.
Captain James Fulton, aged 27, from Ecclesall, whose father Jim Fulton owns James Fulton and Son Electrical Contractors, based at Nethergreen Road, Nether Green, was last year hailed a hero following the operation near Basra.

His platoon the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment discovered illegal munitions including hundreds of bombs destined for use by terrorists.

But the former Silverdale School pupil and Sheffield Hallam University student's glittering career today lies in tatters after a court martial hearing, where he admitted possessing cocaine during an officer training course at Leeds University in January.

Fulton, based at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, is also accused of supplying the Class A drug - which he denies.

Army rules mean any soldier over the rank of corporal faces instant dismissal if caught using drugs.

Fellow officer Capt Daniel Chamings, also 27, of the Queen's Own Yeomanry and a company commander in the University Officer Training Corps, denied possession of cocaine at the same hearing.

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