Dismissed commandant appeals ruling by court
AN Air Corps commandant who was dismissed from the defence forces for calling his superior a "little prick" has begun his appeal against his conviction and sentence.
Commdt Nile Donohoe's 28-year career in the Air Corps was brought to an end by a military judge after he was found guilty of using offensive language to a superior officer by a general court-martial board last June.
Formerly attached to No 5 Support Wing at Baldonnel, Commdt Donohoe (47) claimed that he used the words "a little prickly" when discussing his annual appraisal with Lieutenant Colonel Gerry O'Sullivan at Casement Aerodrome on January 30, 2009.
Last June the Martial Appeal Court granted the married father of two a stay of sentence pending the outcome of his appeal.
Commdt Donohoe's counsel John Rogers SC told the appeal court yesterday that the process by which the board of military officers to try Commdt Donohoe is selected should be random, but that this required 'randomness' had been distorted.