04 May 2007
Soldier who lost testicle sues for compensation
A soldier who alleges he lost a testicle while engaging in an exercise involving fighting one of his colleagues is suing for damages of up to £300,000 in the High Court.
David Shaun Best claims that the injury occurred while he was performing a wrestling-style exercise called milling, during which he says he was kneed in the testicles and was left unsupervised.
After the alleged fight, he says his testicle swelled up, became painful and eventually had to be removed.
However, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) claims he picked up the injury during at a fairground three months before the incident at Harrogate where he was undertaking basic training.
Moreover, the MoD denies the incident ever occurred and says the exercise is not used on new recruits but on seasoned paratroops.
The figure of £300,000 that Mr Best is seeking is based on the assumption that he would have succeeded in attaining the rank of corporal and would have stayed in the army for another 22 years.