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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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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Prosecutor: SAS sniper case questions 'straightforward'

Summarising, on the opening day of Sgt Nightingale's court martial, the prosecution said it was for the board to determine fact and on that basis whether he was guilty or not guilty.

We suggest that the questions that the evidence in this case raises and the matter are straightforward.

Did the defendant put the gun and the ammunition in his bedroom or did somebody else put it there?

If the gun and ammunition belonged to somebody else, how did the defendant miss it?

Is the claim of memory loss in respect of the gun and ammunition the truth or a lie told to try and avoid the consequences of the truth?

– Timothy Gray, prosecuting at Sgt Danny Nightingale's court martial

Sgt Nightingale, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a prohibited firearm and 338 rounds of ammunition.

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Sniper's flatmate sentenced over firearms offences

Following a search of SAS sniper Sgt Danny Nightingale's accommodation and the discovery of the arsenal, he and Soldier N were both summoned to see a superior officer, a court heard.

Timothy Cray prosecuting said: "Soldier N then told the defendant that he had a pistol in his room and ammunition at the property.

"The defendant then said words to the effect 'I've got exactly the same at the house'."

Soldier N later pleaded guilty to Firearms Act offences after a weapon, ammunition and hand grenade were recovered from the property.

He was given a sentence of military detention, which he is serving.

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