Racial abuse soldier drops MoD charges
PUBLISHED: 16:24 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010
A SOLDIER who was awarded over £22,000 compensation for racial abuse by his colleagues has dropped further legal action against the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Lance Corporal Kerry Hylton, 33, from Woolwich, suffered abuse on a regular basis at the hand
A SOLDIER who was awarded over £22,000 compensation for racial abuse by his colleagues has dropped further legal action against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Lance Corporal Kerry Hylton, 33, from Woolwich, suffered abuse on a 'regular basis' at the hands of his fellow soldiers during his time in the army from 2003 to 2008.
The Jamaican, who joined the Royal Logistic Corps in 2003, said a corporal made racist slurs on multiple occasions, regularly calling him a 'n****r'.
He said he was even punched by an officer once, according to legal papers submitted to a central London employment tribunal.
On one occasion, the corporal entered the kitchen where LCpl Hylton and two other Jamaicans worked and asked if it had become a 'black kitchen'.
LCpl Hylton was awarded £22,202 damages in June 2008 and was due to lodge further complaints last Friday, which he dropped, when it emerged that he had agreed on a settlement with the MoD.
The married father-of-two told reporters: "It made me feel really bad being spoken to like that. I had never been spoken to like that before I joined the British Army.
"He said these things in the presence of other non-commissioned officers senior to him who did nothing about it."
The chef was based in family quarters in Birdcage Walk, Westminster, where he said he and his wife and children aged four and five were subjected to a hate campaign in which their doors would be regularly super-glued shut.
He continued: "As a black Jamaican family we are just not accepted by the British Army."
An MoD spokesperson said Private Hylton was awarded £18,500 for injury to feelings, £1,500 aggravated damages and £2,202 interest.
The Lance Corporal who racially abused Private Hylton is thought to still be with the army and to have been disciplined internally.
An MoD spokesman said: "The MoD accepted in June 2008 that LCpl Hylton was subjected to racial harassment and discrimination and clearly regrets that this happened.
"There is no place for harassment or discrimination of any sort in the armed forces and we are committed at the highest levels of leadership to dealing with it.