Ex-sniper's suspended sentence

Former SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale has been given a two-year suspended sentence in military detention for possessing of a pistol and ammunition. The sentence is suspended for 12 months.

Nightingale story over gun 'lacked credibility'

Judge advocate Jeff Blackett told Danny Nightingale, who wore his SAS uniform in the courtroom, that his stories about how the gun came to be in his room "lacked credibility".

But he said there were "exceptional circumstances" that allowed the court to suspend the sentence "because of your exceptional character".

The judge also said that "criticism of the prosecution and the Army is unmerited and totally without foundation".

We understand how difficult these proceedings have been for you and your family. However, you have brought much of that anguish upon yourself and your public assertions that you are scapegoat or the victim of some wider political agenda is absolute nonsense.

You are simply someone against whom there was a strong prima facie case of serious wrongdoing and, given the dangers to society caused by illegal firearms and their misuse, it was in the public interest to prosecute you.

You have now had a fair trial before a civilian judge and an independent and impartial board.

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Background to SAS sniper Nightingale case

Sergeant Nightingale had originally pleaded guilty to the two charges last year and was sentenced to 18 months' military detention.

The father of two, from Crewe, Cheshire, appealed against that sentence and it was reduced to 12 months' imprisonment, suspended for a year.

He then fought to overturn his convictions and won a fresh court martial, which found him guilty after four hours of deliberations.

"I never regret fighting it, no. No, not for one second," Sgt Nightingale said after being released on bail.

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale facing jail

An SAS sniper who could be jailed after being convicted of possessing a pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition said he had no regrets in fighting the case.

SAS sniper, Sergeant Danny Nightingale and wife Sally.
SAS sniper, Sergeant Danny Nightingale and wife Sally. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Sergeant Danny Nightingale, 38, was found guilty of two charges of possessing a Glock 9mm and 338 rounds by a court martial board.

Sentencing was adjourned but Sgt Nightingale could now be sent to the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester, Essex.

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