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J’can soldier sues UK army

Published:Thursday | May 1, 2008 | 8:30 AM

A Jamaican soldier who claims he suffered racial abuse at the hands of superior officers is suing the British army for £50,000.

Private Kerry Hylton said he was called a black bastard and other racist insults, while serving at barracks in Birdcage Walk, near Buckingham Palace.

The Daily Mail reports that the 33 year old also claims that his wife and children were left in fear, after locks at their married quarters were repeatedly super glued shut in a hate campaign.

Hylton who is from Woolwich, said the ordeal was forcing him to quit his £22,000 a year post, as a chef in the Welsh Guards and leave the army next month.

He is suing the Ministry of Defence for racial discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Hylton, who went to England to study in 2000, joined the Army\'s Royal Logistic Corps in April 2003.

He trained as a chef and was a member of the kitchen staff at barracks in Bicester.

Hylton also reported that the Royal Military Police arrested him when he complained that an officer racially abused him and punched him.

The alleged super gluing incidents that frightened his wife Andrea and their children Kerry Ann, five, and André, four, led them to move out in January.

The soldier said he had caught a sergeant super gluing their door but the culprit was never investigated.

The Ministry of Defence denied the allegations and is vigorously contesting the claim, which is to be heard next month.