Lawyers for an SAS sniper are writing to military prosecutors to ask them to reconsider their decision to pursue a retrial.
Danny Nightingale hearing delayed.
A former SAS sniper from Cheshire is expected to find out whether he will face a retrial for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.
An SAS sniper from Cheshire facing a retrial on gun charges is to be medically discharged from the Army. The Army had agreed that Sergeant Danny Nightingale can be medically discharged, his lawyer Simon McKay said. His last week with the Army will be in February next year.
SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale has been recommended for medical discharge, his lawyer said today.
The Medical Board of the British Army today recommended that the 38-year-old who is from Crewe, should be medically discharged as a result of serious brain damage caused following his collapse in the Amazon jungle in 2009, Simon McKay said.
In a statement issued through Mr McKay, Sgt Nightingale said he was "devastated" that his SAS service had come to an end, but he recognised the brain damage he suffered in 2009 meant he could no longer carry out his normal duties.
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."
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.
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."
Sally Nightingale, the wife of SAS sniper Danny Nightingale told Daybreak she feels "nervous" about today's hearing, where her husband will learn whether his legal ordeal is at an end.
Last month Danny Nightingale won an appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a pistol last month, but may still face a re-trial.
Sally told Daybreak the court process has cost the family around £150,000 so far, she said, "what we ultimately would love, for this to just be dropped, that would be the ultimate goal."
An Iraq veteran whose conviction forillegally possessing a pistol and ammunition was overturned will learn today whether his legal ordeal is at an end.
Former SAS sniper Danny Nightingale won his appeal against the conviction last month but was ordered to stand re-trial.
Today he will seek to convince a military court that this would not be in the public interest.