SAS sniper to face re-trial

Ex SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale will face a retrial for illegally possessing a pistol. The Iraq veteran won an appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a pistol last month but a military court has ruled he will face a retrial.

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SAS sniper: 'I wouldn't wish it on anyone's family'.

Speaking outside Bulford Military Court Centre in Wiltshire this afternoon, Sgt Nightingale, thanked his family, including his wife Sally, for their support.

Describing his ordeal in the courts so far, the 38-year-old soldier said:

I wouldn't wish it on anyone's family - it's horrible. That's not just for Sally, myself and the kids, it's on the wider family. It's hard.

"Thanks to everybody, the family who have come from around the world for this, thanks to the public and to the media who have been very supportive throughout."

Without Sal and the family, I wouldn't be here now. They've been amazing, strong, very robust. I think a lot of people would have crumbled."

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Disappointment at re-trial ruling

The family of an SAS sniper say they are "bitterly disappointed" after a judge ruled he would face a retrial over illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition - despite a last-minute claim that prosecutors acted improperly by consulting on the case.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale today pleaded not guilty to illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition.

He was convicted and sentenced to military detention last year before having his sentence reduced and conviction quashed by Court of Appeal judges.

Today's ruling means he will face a re-trial in July where he will fight to clear his name.

SAS sniper to face re-trial

Sergeant Danny Nightingale and wife Sally arriving for the hearing this morning. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/

An SAS sniper from Cheshire faces a retrial over illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition - despite a last-minute claim prosecutors acted improperly by consulting on the case.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale today pleaded not guilty to illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition. He was convicted and sentenced to military detention last year before having his sentence reduced and conviction quashed by Court of Appeal judges.

A preparatory hearing to discuss the future of the case was held today.

During the hearing Judge Advocate Jeff Blackett said there was no abuse of process relating to content in emails apparently leaked by a Ministry of Defence source, which were referred to for the first time at the hearing at Bulford Military Court Centre in Wiltshire.

He said: "Provided I am satisfied that there has been no bad faith or dishonesty and that the exercise of a prosecutorial discretion has been conscientiously undertaken, I should direct that the matter proceeds to trial.

"I am so satisfied. There is no abuse of process and I dismiss the defendant's application to stay these proceedings."

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