SAS sniper wins appeal

Danny Nightingale, the SAS sniper jailed for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition, has won his appeal against his conviction.

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Danny Nightingale: I'm 'two thirds of the way through'

Sergeant Danny Nightingale told Daybreak that his court battle has been "life changing."

"I certainly wouldn't want any other family to go through this," he added.

Talking to presenters Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones, he said he felt his fight was now "two thirds of the way through".

His wife Sally said the couple will continue to fight, "we've got to carry on," she agreed.

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Sgt Nightingale's wife: 'It's still not over'

Sgt Danny Nightingale's wife, Sally, has said the battle to clear her husband's name still continues after the Court of Appeal judge ordered a retrial against his conviction.

She said:

I'm relieved the convictions have been quashed. There has been ordered to be a re-trial. It's still not over.

Appeal judges said the judge at Sgt Nightingale's military trial had given an "uninvited sentence indication".

They said that indication had "narrowed" Sgt Nightingale's freedom of choice when considering pleas to charges.

They said his guilty plea was therefore nullified and ordered a re-trial.

Read: SAS sniper Danny Nightingale wins appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

Sgt Nightingale's wife vows to fight on

SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally outside court today.
SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally outside court today. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sergeant Danny Nightingale's wife Sally has said she will continue to fight for her husband after the Court of Appeal judge ordered a retrial to take place against his conviction.

She told the assembled media outside the court in London: "If we have to go through it all again, we have to. We have to keep fighting."

Read: SAS sniper Danny Nightingale wins appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

SAS sniper 'very relieved' after winning appeal

Sergeant Nightingale talks to the assembled press outside the court.
Sergeant Nightingale talks to the assembled press outside the court. Credit: ITV News

Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who won an appeal today against convictions for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition, said outside court: "I'm very relieved that the conviction has been quashed. Very relieved. Fantastic. We now have a re-trial to face."

He said any decision on whether he returned to duty pending the re-trial would be for the Ministry of Defence.

Read: The SAS Sniper's Court of Appeal battle to overturn his conviction.

Read: Sgt Danny Nightingale thanks the "great British public" after he won his appeal to be released from jail last November.

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SAS sniper Danny Nightingale wins appeal

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale.
SAS sniper Danny Nightingale. Credit: Press Assocation

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale has won an appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

The 38-year-old was sentenced to 18 months' military detention by a judge sitting in a military court in November 2012 after admitting illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition.

The Court of Appeal today quashed the convictions and ordered a retrial after a hearing in London.

Read: The SAS Sniper's Court of Appeal battle to overturn his conviction.

Read: Sgt Danny Nightingale thanks the "great British public" after he won his appeal to be released from jail last November.

Sniper placed under 'undue pressure' to plead guilty

Lawyers representing Danny Nightingale tried to quash the conviction at another Court of Appeal hearing.

They told three appeal judges that Sgt Nightingale had been placed under "undue pressure" to plead guilty by a barrister who represented him at the military court hearing.

Lawyers argued that the conviction was therefore "unsafe" and Sgt Nightingale's guilty plea a "nullity".

Sniper waiting for result of appeal

An SAS sniper is waiting to hear whether he has succeeded in an appeal against convictions for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

Three appeal judges said they aimed to make a ruling on Danny Nightingale's case later today, after hearing evidence at a Court of Appeal hearing in London.

Sergeant Nightingale, 38, of Crewe, Cheshire, was sentenced to 18 months' military detention by a judge sitting in a military court in early November 2012 - after admitting illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition.

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