Danny Nightingale

Former sniper to appeal conviction

Former SAS sniper Danny Nightingale is to appeal against his conviction for illegally possessing a gun and ammunition

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Danny Nightingale in new appeal bid

Danny Nightingale

A former SAS sniper today launches a fresh bid to appeal against his conviction for illegally possessing a gun and ammunition. In December, Sgt Danny Nightingale, from Crewe in Cheshire, had an application for permission to appeal rejected by a judge.

He will renew the application today before a panel of three judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London.

His case is being heard by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Hickinbottom and Mr Justice Jeremy Baker.

Last July the special forces soldier was sentenced to two years in military detention, suspended for 12 months, by a military court in Bulford, Wiltshire.

He was found guilty of having a 9mm Glock pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition in the bedroom of his shared Army house.

The pistol was found in Nightingale's wardrobe and ammunition was under his bed in a plastic box. He claimed he had no knowledge of them being in his bedroom.

Nightingale had pleaded not guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm between November 26, 2007 and September 16, 2011, and also denied possession of the ammunition on or about September 16, 2011.

He was originally jailed for 18 months in 2012 for the offences, but had his sentence cut after appeal judges concluded it was too harsh - it was reduced to 12 months suspended, resulting in his release. His conviction was then quashed in March 2013 by appeal judges and a fresh trial was ordered.

The soldier, 39, who served in the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan during a military career starting in 1995, received a medical discharge, remaining in the Army until it commenced in February.

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Former SAS sniper given 2 year suspended sentence

Former SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale from Cheshire has been sentenced to two years military detention today for the possession of a pistol and ammunition.

The sentence, handed down at a court martial hearing in Bulford, Wiltshire, was suspended for 12 months.

Danny Nightingale arrives at the Military Court Centre in Wiltshire Credit: PA
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SAS sniper Danny Nightingale to begin giving evidence

Former SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale will begin giving evidence in his court martial in Wiltshire later today.

Sergeant Nightingale is accused of the illegal possession of a Glock 9mm pistol and 338 rounds of ammunition, which were given to him after leaving Iraq in 2007.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally leaves his court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire
Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally leaves his court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Earlier, the court martial heard how the firearm and ammunition were in found in the former soldier's accommodation in 2011.

Nightingale's previous conviction for the same charges was quashed by the Court of Appeal on 13 March.

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