Soldier jailed for kidnap and attempted murder of 'love rival' colleague

Watson Credit: Police handout

A soldier has been jailed after being found guilty of kidnapping his colleague and love rival, and attempting to kill him with cling film.

John Watson, 35, was given a 16 year sentence at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday, less than a month after a jury unanimously convicted him of a "callous and premeditated" attack against Household Cavalry trooper James Dicks.

During the trial the court heard Watson, a former Guardsman at Pirbright Army Training Centre, Woking, ambushed Mr Dicks on the morning of May 4 last year, forcing him into the back of a car where he "hog-tied" his victim while threatening him with a jab saw.

Mr Dicks, who is based at Prince Harry's former barracks in Windsor, told the court Watson wrapped his head in cling film during the attack and left him with stab and slash wounds.

Watson had been lying in wait for Mr Dicks outside his own wife Lynsey's home after becoming consumed by what the judge described as "anger, jealousy, rage and murderous intent".

Judge Angela Morris, sitting at Reading Magistrates' Court, said: "It seems to me there are two John Watsons.

"The John Watson who was a devoted family man and the disciplined soldier who served his country with honour and bravery and then there is the other John Watson, the one who allowed himself to become consumed by anger, jealousy, rage and murderous intent over the course of February to May 2016."

The court heard Watson plotted to kill former friend Mr Dicks after being left "devastated" by the breakdown of his marriage and subsequently discovering months later that his friend and wife had started a relationship.

Watson, a father-of-two, researched Moors Murders on Google, making notes for messages he would send from the victim's phone and ordering a grave dug near the barracks, which he had claimed was for his dead dog, the court was told.