SAS sniper wins appeal

Danny Nightingale, the SAS sniper from Cheshire jailed for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition, has won his appeal against his conviction

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SAS sniper: "It has been life-changing"

An SAS sniper from Crewe is facing a retrial after his conviction for illegally possessing a pistol was quashed yesterday.

Speaking exclusively to ITV's Daybreak, Danny Nightingale said the experience had been "life-changing" for him and his family.

The father-of-two was jailed for 18 months in November.

His sentence sparked a nationwide appeal, led by wife Sally, and he was released three weeks later.

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SAS soldier's conviction quashed

A former SAS soldier from Cheshire who was jailed for illegally possessing a pistol has had his conviction quashed.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale from Crewe was sentenced to eighteen months in a military prison in November but was released three weeks later on appeal.

Today he took the fight to clear his name to the High Court. Ashley Derricot reports.

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Sgt Nightingale's wife vows to fight on

SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally outside court today.
SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally outside court today. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sergeant Danny Nightingale's wife Sally has said she will continue to fight for her husband after the Court of Appeal judge ordered a retrial to take place against his conviction.

She told the assembled media outside the court in London: "If we have to go through it all again, we have to. We have to keep fighting."

Read: SAS sniper Danny Nightingale wins appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

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SAS sniper Danny Nightingale wins appeal

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale.
SAS sniper Danny Nightingale. Credit: Press Assocation

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale has won an appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

The 38-year-old was sentenced to 18 months' military detention by a judge sitting in a military court in November 2012 after admitting illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition.

The Court of Appeal today quashed the convictions and ordered a retrial after a hearing in London.

Read: The SAS Sniper's Court of Appeal battle to overturn his conviction.

Read: Sgt Danny Nightingale thanks the "great British public" after he won his appeal to be released from jail last November.

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Sally Nightingale: 'I'm half expecting a retrial'

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale was jailed last year for illegally possessing a gun, he said he had forgotten about.

Although he was later freed from jail, his conviction still stands, and today Danny will appear at the Court of Appeal in an attempt to clear his name.

Speaking to Daybreak, his wife Sally said: "I'm half expecting a retrial to be honest. If I think that way then it can't be so hard when it comes."

Thanking the public for their support, she added, "we still get letters, we still get messages on Facebook, through Twitter, and the support that's been going on leading up to this appeal has been massive as well. It really pushes us forward."

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Sniper's lawyers attempt to quash gun conviction

The Court of Appeal concluded in late November that Danny Nightingale's sentence was too harsh. Three appeal judges cut the term to 12 months, said it should be suspended, and ordered Sgt Nightingale's release.

Sally Nightingale, wife of soldier Danny Nightingale, seen petitioning for his release last November. Credit: PA

Lawyers representing Sergeant Nightingale, 38, are today scheduled to try to quash the conviction at another Court of Appeal hearing in London.

Danny Nightingale (centre), with his wife and father after having had his sentence for possessing a pistol suspended last Novemeber. Credit: PA

SAS soldier appeals conviction

An SAS soldier from Crewe who was jailed for illegally possessing a pistol is appealing against his conviction today.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale was sentenced to 18-months in jail in November but was released three weeks later on appeal.

Danny Nightingale

The sniper who served in Iraq and Afghanistan says he did not remember having the pistol due to a brain injury that affected his memory.

His wife Sally launched a campaign to free him which received widespread support from across the country.

The appeal will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

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