A board of Army officers trying a finance sergeant for stealing £100,000 from the SAS have retired to deliberate.
Staff Sergeant Mark McKay, 35, of the Adjutant General's Corps (AGC), allegedly stole $200,000 from a cash office at the Hereford base of 22 Special Air Service (SAS), to whom he was attached when the elite unit deployed to the Gulf in February 2003 for the second Iraq war.
Father-of-two McKay denies stealing Ministry of Defence money, claiming he made the sum legitimately by running his own private tuck shop, selling alcohol, toiletries and even Viagra to the 5,000 US, 70 Australian and 200 UK troops at his base, in a country bordering Iraq which was not named in court.
The week-long trial at Bulford military court in Wiltshire heard how McKay's alleged dishonesty came to light in April 2006 when military police, acting on a tip-off, searched McKay's home in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, where he was posted in July 2004 after leaving the SAS.
They found $200,000 in plastic bags in a terracotta plant pot outside McKay's front door, the court martial heard.
A board of five Army officers - the military equivalent of a jury - was sent out to deliberate at 12.25pm by Vice Judge Advocate General Michael Hunter