York & North Yorkshire

Catterick Garrison soldier jailed after kidnap drama

A soldier who tried to kidnap two fellow servicemen while suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in August, has been jailed for four years.

L/Cpl David Millican, of first battalion the Mercian Regiment, held one soldier at knife-point at Catterick Garrison, a court martial heard.

He then took the man to another soldier's room, where he stubbed a cigarette out on the second man's face.

Millican, 25, then tried to kidnap the men from the North Yorkshire garrison.

'Lost the plot'

He had held the two members of his unit hostage, beating and threatening to kill them before attempting to kidnap them, the court martial heard.

Millican, held one of the soldiers for several hours in his own barracks room at knife-point.

He also stubbed a cigarette out on a second man's face and threatened to cut his face.

He then fled the camp with one man in the boot of his car after the other managed to jump out and raise the alarm at the guardroom.

Millican released his victim in a nearby village and called 999 to hand himself in to civilian police, telling the operator: "I think I lost the plot".

'Inhumane experience'

The soldier, originally from Greater Manchester, who had been in the army since February 2009 was jailed by the court martial in Colchester, having previously admitted charges of false imprisonment, assault and kidnap.

The court martial heard he was suffering mental problems caused by his service in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 12, during which he witnessed "horrific events".

Judge Advocate Emma Peters said Millican had subjected the men to an "inhumane" experience in a place they should have been able to feel safe.

"We cannot imagine the terror they must have felt at the hands of someone of a senior rank," she said.