Quinn v. Chief of Army

[2001] ADFDAT 4 (2001)

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Quinn v. Chief of Army

Australia Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal
[2001] ADFDAT 4 (2001)

Facts

Troy Quinn (defendant) subjected a group of platoon commanders to a training exercise to test the commanders’ ability to handle jungle combat. The commanders were not aware that the exercise was also designed to test their ability to handle being ambushed and captured in a jungle-combat environment. Lieutenant David Good was one of the platoon commanders and was inferior in rank to Quinn. During the exercise, Good was ambushed and restrained. A pillowcase was placed over Good’s head and taped on over his eyes. Good’s hands were also bound. Good was subjected to a simulated interrogation with unpleasant tactics in hot, humid conditions for several hours, without food. A medic was on hand during the entire time period of Good’s simulated capture. Good did not get dehydrated and did not suffer anything more than transient discomfort. It was undisputed that Quinn did not have any ill will toward Good and that Quinn had not singled out Good for special mistreatment. Quinn was charged with ill-treatment of an inferior member of the military. The military judge found that the training was not appropriate military training and convicted Quinn of committing the offense of ill-treatment. Quinn appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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