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7.05.2016

An army sergeant who accused of attempting to kill a fellow soldier said he "wanted to put the fear of God" into him but did not mean to hurt him.

John Norwood,
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Norwood,38, is now on trial for the attempted murder Warnock, 24,
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He is also accused of attempting to wound another soldier, former Craftsman Nicholas Wood, whose room he went into by mistake and swung the machete on to the bed he was lying in, "shredding" the duvet.

The trial at Winchester Crown Court has heard that earlier that evening, Norwood had been involved in an altercation in The George pub in Aldershot which ended with L/Sgt Warnock punching the defendant to the ground.

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Giving evidence to the court, Norwood said the confrontation began because friendly banter about company rivalry had gone too far.

According to the Daily Record ,
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Norwood said: "At first it was playful banter, just a couple of things being thrown backwards and forwards about company rivalry but it started to get a bit ugly.

"I started to get a bit angry because I am a senior non commissioned officer (NCO) and the way these junior NCOs were speaking was no longer playful, it was out of order."

Describing his response to being punched, he said: "It was a massive disrespect."

He added: "I knew I would be the butt of a lot of jokes because I had been beaten by a junior NCO.

"It’s unheard of in my line of work for a senior NCO to be beaten up by a junior NCO, I wanted to minimise the jokes by scaring Mr Warnock."

He continued: "I was very foolish and reckless, I was looking for Mr Warnock’s room because I was wanting to go and scare him and put the fear of God into him for what he had done to me earlier in the night."

The defendant denied raising the machete which he described as an "intimidation tool" and swinging it at L/Sgt Warnock and said the injuries happened as the junior NCO ran at him and grappled at the machete with him.

He said: "When he opened the door,
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He added: "I never once raised the machete above my head and never brought it down in a chopping motion. I never intended to kill, I didn’t intend to harm him."

Norwood, of Priesthill Road,
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