SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally.

SAS sniper wins conviction appeal

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

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Ex-sniper Nightingale to appeal against his conviction

Former SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale Credit: Press Association

Former SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale is to appeal against his conviction for illegally possessing a gun and ammunition, his lawyer has said.

Simon McKay said papers were lodged at the Court of Appeal yesterday against the two years military detention suspended for 12 months imposed on the 38-year-old special forces soldier by a military court last month.

Read: Ex-sniper's suspended sentence

Ex-SAS sniper to seek advice on appealing conviction

The wife of former SAS sniper Danny Nightingale said the family would now take advice from counsel on whether to appeal his conviction for the possession of a pistol and ammunition.

Speaking outside court, Sally Nightingale said: "We're obviously very disappointed with the sentencing, yet we are pleased that Danny will be coming home with us tonight."

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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.

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.

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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.

Sentencing to take account of Nightingale's 'fine record'

Colonel Charles Barnett, from the Services Prosecuting Authority, said outside the court:

Sgt Nightingale has now had the trial which he requested, which is his right to seek. He has now been convicted by the board.

His fine record as a soldier is a matter that will no doubt be considered carefully when the board considers his sentence.

Sgt Nightingale says he still struggles with brain injury

Sergeant Danny Nightingale has said that he is still struggling with a brain injury he received during an endurance marathon in 2009.

He said "there are now things in my head that are not facts" and added that he sometimes had difficulty recognising his own family members.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale and wife Sally arriving at his court martial today
Sergeant Danny Nightingale and wife Sally arriving at his court martial today Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

His wife Sally added: "He never brought a weapon into the country ... He still confabulates and still struggles with his brain injury on a day-to-day basis".

Read: Court martial rested on Nightingales' conflicting accounts

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