Desertion charge dropped against Lance Corporal Joe Glenton

A British soldier who refused to return to duty in Afghanistan and subsequently spoke at anti-war rallies today admitted going absent without leave after a more serious charge of desertion was dropped.

During a brief military court hearing, Lance Corporal Joe Glenton admitted going awol between June 2007 and June 2009.

He had intended to deny the charge of desertion, but learned only yesterday that military prosecutors were willing to accept the lesser charge, something they had indicated they would not do. He will be sentenced on 5 March and faces a maximum jail term of two years.

 

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