SAS sniper wins conviction appeal

SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally.
SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally. Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An SAS sniper today thanked the public after the 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 argued that he had been put under "improper pressure" to enter guilty pleas at a military trial last year, said appeal judges had been right to quash convictions.

But his wife Sally said she was "saddened" that a re-trial had been ordered and disappointed their ordeal was not over.

The couple - both 38 and from Crewe, Cheshire - hugged following a day-long Court of Appeal hearing in London.

Read: More on Sgt Nightingale's Court of Appeal victory.