British Soldiers Charged with Attacking off-Duty NY Officer

BBC News, September 4, 2013

Six British soldiers have been charged with beating up an off-duty police officer outside a New York City bar.

One soldier is accused of second-degree robbery and five with third-degree assault in relation to the fracas early on Friday morning in Manhattan.

The soldiers, Fijian nationals who serve in the Royal Regiment of Scotland, were on a rugby tour.

Three of the soldiers were due to appear in court on Tuesday. The other three are expected in court this week.

A confrontation occurred during an argument between the soldiers and the off-duty NYPD officer outside a bar in the Murray Hill neighbourhood.

According to a police complaint seen by the BBC, Joeli Raduva, 34, Filipe Vunisarati, 24, and Mosese Kurulala, 27, “struck [the officer] repeatedly about the face and body with closed fists”.

Two others, Iliakini Raderua, 30, and Thomas Shute, 34, are accused of hitting the 30-year-old officer when he was on the ground or facing away from the soldiers.

Ratu-Iosefo Yavala, 33, allegedly attempted to take the officer’s mobile phone as he tried to report the incident to police, officials said.

The officer suffered a broken nose, a swollen jaw, a large cut to his neck, bruises and a cut inside his mouth requiring stitches, according to the police report.

The NYPD told the BBC that one of the British soldiers had required minor stitches.

It is understood that two of the servicemen received minor injuries from a knife during the altercation, although it is not clear who attacked them.

The UK Ministry of Defence confirmed that six British Army soldiers had been charged in relation to an incident in New York.

“This is a civil police matter and it would be inappropriate to comment further,” the ministry’s statement 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.”

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  • The headline is all that the typical Obama drone (serf?) will remember.
    Once again, the liberal who wrote this gets to hide behind the BBC name. He didn’t even want his name associated with it.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The only Polynesians in the UK should be Samoan wrestlers stopping by on a WWE tour.

      • borogirl54

        I did not know that Fijians could serve in the British armed forces. This is a new one for me.

        • Brian Cooper

          They have served with distinction for many years.

          • Sloppo

            These six savages certainly seem to have distinguished themselves.

          • Brian Cooper

            I was speaking of the past, not the present. But I agree, I don’t understand why these men are serving in the units they are with.

          • CoweringCoward

            Bet if there were honest records kept you would find this NOT to be the case.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Bolshevik Broadcasting Commission

  • sbuffalonative

    When I first saw the headline on line, I was a bit surprised so I read the story and the names. Joeli Raduva, Filipe Vunisarati, Mosese Kurulala. Then the story (and the headline) made sense.

  • All those who are found to fall short of the Army’s high standards

    A white country’s Army with high standards wouldn’t let in Fijians.

    • David Ashton

      White English soldiers have been guilty of disgraceful offences on overseas tours too. The problem is only partly ethnic. There is a deterioration of standards all round, including the literacy level of UK army recruits. Meanwhile, some of our best soldiers have been sacked and traditional regiments collapsed to “save money”. Sad to admit it, Putin has a point.

      • IstvanIN

        Your military should only be used to defend your nation and should only be staffed by your people.

        • David Ashton

          Agreed, and by our most suitable people.

        • I disagree. I helped the HVO in 1991. They all talked like Count Dracula, and I never got used to plum brandy – “rakija”, but I didn’t mind doing it for money. It wasn’t very much money, anyway.

          • IstvanIN

            What is “HVO”?

          • Croatian national guard, which wasn’t officially formed until I was already back home.

          • IstvanIN

            Paid mercenaries are usually very highly trained and usually only brought in for a specific task, at least in modern times. I am still skeptical about foreigners in a nation’s defense forces.

  • Spartacus

    “…Fijian nationals who serve in the Royal Regiment of Scotland…”


    William Wallace is spasmodic in his grave…

    • Extropico

      I’d love to hear Mel Gibson’s take on Scotland’s Fijian soldiers, presuming Mel didn’t think anybody was recording him.

      • Spartacus

        It would probably sound a lot like mine, but without the Dracula accent…

        • Extropico

          Are you in a castle in the Transylvanian Alps…

          • Spartacus

            Actually – commie-style apartment building in Bucuresti. And the Alps are on the other side of continent, I think you’re thinking about the Carpathian mountains .

          • Extropico

            The Southern Carpathians are also called the Transylvanian Alps. Google Maps calls them the latter. There are mountains in Australia called the Alps as well.

          • Spartacus

            Never heard of anyone calling them that . We call that part the Meridional Carpathians .

          • Extropico

            Meridional is derived from Latin for midday or Southern…Southern Carpathians in English.

          • Spartacus

            I meant the “Alps” part, not the “southern” one .

        • Thank you! Everyone in Croatia had the same “Count Dracula” accent.

          One conversation we overheard last week was how I don’t sound quite like a northerner. I’ve lived in too many places. My best friend from Australia speaks in the worst possible “English”. It’s not Paul Hogan’s accent. I give “Network Standard English” a good try.

      • jackryanvb

        Mel falls down to PC nonsense – the Scottish and Irish people are another oppressed victim group, oppressed by the evil English!

        So Mel got drunk and ranted a bit about Jewish people promoting wars.

        Braveheart is not stop anti English propaganda , also The Patriot.

        Don’t look for any of our heroes in Hollywwood.

  • The Final Solution

    How can Fijian nationals be British soldiers? Send them to Afghanistan and tell them they can’t come back until they’ve defeated the Taliban.

  • redfeathers

    Another example of lowered standards and ethnic preferences…a Filipino NYPD officer and his ICE agent brother out of Los Angeles were arrested for smuggling weapons back home.

  • IstvanIN

    Fiji overthrew the Queen so why are they serving in a Royal Regiment? Not to mention that the Queen’s soldiers should look like, oh say, THE QUEEN!

  • Bill

    Here are the “British” soldiers.

    • Spartacus

      They look like they just crawled out of the queen’s a*s .

      • IstvanIN

        At least HM got over her constipation.

        • Rhialto

          Deletion was probably effected because of anatomical improbability with respect to a royal personage.

          • IstvanIN

            I think the poster was making sport of the “British” soldiers and not the Queen.

    • BarnyL

      They might be in the British Army. But they aren’t British.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Ship ’em back to Fiji where they can get soused and roll over on their women.

    How the hell did these lumps get accepted into the army?

  • I had a feeling.
    I suspected the United Kingdom secretly does not trust foreigners to serve alongside Prince Harry. I was right. A Muslim member of the British military will never come within 100 meters of either prince, except for a quick photo op.

    • IstvanIN

      Because the government knows the truth about diversity. The PR disaster for the government if the Prince were murdered, not killed in action but murdered, by a “fellow” soldier. Might put a crimp in their plans to exterminate real British people.

  • Sloppo

    There is a difference between being “manly” and “savage”.

  • Spartacus

    I’m sure you’d love it. Be aware of the bears tho, there’s lots of them around there .

    • We have lots of bears in Colorado; I saw one from 20 feet away – vertically – last week. Grizzlies are not extinct here, and that was the biggest bear I have ever seen. I pointed him out to my wife, my daughter and my mother. He didn’t notice me, and we turned around and walked away.

  • BarnyL

    The point is the media passed them off as British and hence White.

    Remember this dirtbag?

  • redfeathers

    OT…polar bear hunting/knockout king in NYC. LaShawn Marten says he will punch the next white person he sees. Attacks 3, an elderly man, Jeffrey Babbitt, in a coma and is brain dead.

  • Strangely, the Australian army wouldn’t take me.

  • Why not? They’re constantly called “Britons” by the mainstream UK media, even though this probably violates British libel laws.

  • Northerner

    Members of the U.S. military are known for bad behavior and criminality too, particularly in places like Japan where they have become sexual predators. Soldiers may not be White but in the end, the country they serve gets embarrassed and is made to account for their actions.

    • The servicemen who abducted and gang-raped the 12 year-old girl on Okinawa in 1995 were all black. The pair who recently took turns raping a woman on her way home from work consisted of one black and one white. In 2008, black US marine Tyrone Hadnott raped a 14 year-old girl there. The real dinner-winner was the 1955 rape and disembowelment murder of a six year-old (!) girl there by another black marine.

  • TheAntidote

    This off duty cop got off easy. Years ago an English missionary inadvertently touched a Fijian chieftain’s head. It was some kind of a primitive taboo and the penalty was death. Yes, that too; he was roasted and eaten.

  • A Freespeechzone

    You can bet little or nothing will be done about this….looking the ‘other way’ when the perpetrators are dark.

  • MBlanc46

    Fijians in a Scottish regiment. Inexpressibly sad.

  • Whitetrashgang


  • Gereng

    …but intelligence that wins wars…