Sunday 24 September 2017

Retrial for sniper over gun charge

Brian Farmer

An SAS sniper has thanked the public after the British Court of Appeal ruled that he had been unfairly convicted of illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition and ordered a new trial.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who said he was put under "improper pressure" to enter guilty pleas at a military trial last year, said appeal judges had been right to quash convictions.

His wife Sally said she was "saddened" that a retrial had been ordered and their ordeal was not over. The couple – both 38 and from Crewe, Cheshire – hugged following a day-long Court of Appeal hearing in London. Sgt Nightingale said he would plead "not guilty" at the trial and "attack" the allegations with "vigorous tenacity".

He said he was "frustrated" not to be working but said the UK ministry of defence would decide whether he could return to duty pending the re-trial.

Sgt Nightingale had been sentenced to 18 months' military detention in early November 2012 – after admitting illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds.

Irish Independent

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