Nov 2 2013
Four British soldiers have admitted being involved in a fight with an off-duty policeman outside a New York City bar.
The soldiers were on a military rugby team trip when the row broke out on August 30.
Criminal complaints say the officer was punched and his mobile phone was taken, the Associated Press reported.
Court records show Ratu-losefo Yavala yesterday pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault and petit larceny, while Thomas Shute admitted misdemeanour assault.
Mosese Kurulala and Iliakini Raderua pleaded guilty to violations, which are not crimes under US law.
The four were sentenced to community service and fines.
The Ministry of Defence refused to say what regiments the soldiers were attached to, but warned that those who fall short of Army standards face disciplinary action and could be discharged.
A spokesman said: "All those who are found to fall short of the Army's high standards or who are found to have committed an offence under the Armed Forces Act are dealt with administratively (up to and including discharge) or through the discipline process, as appropriate.
"We have a common law and Data Protection Act duty to protect the personal information of our employees and, as such, we are not prepared to release any personal information relating to this case."