9 Nov 2013

Sacked naval officer appeals conviction and sentence

5:30 am on 9 November 2013

A navy officer dismissed from the service because of a relationship with a subordinate is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Commodore Kevin Keat was found guilty last month on five charges of breaching orders by not disclosing the affair, not ending it, and threatening the woman concerned and her daughter.

Lawyer Michael Bott said the appeal was lodged with the Court Martial Appeal Court on Friday afternoon.

Mr Bott said Mr Keat is appealing on the grounds that during his summing up, Judge Chris Hodson misdirected the three-member military panel that decided the verdict and sentence.

If the appeal is allowed to proceed, a panel of three judges, including two High Court judges, will hear the case.