Defence Secretary: "I am delighted for Sgt Nightingale"

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "I am delighted for Sgt Nightingale and his family that he will be home not only before Christmas as they'd hoped, but by the end of November.

"The justice system has worked. I was pleased that an appeal was heard quickly and it is right that a court should decide on whether the sentence was appropriate. The Court of Appeal has decided the sentence was too harsh and has freed him."

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