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SAS sniper faces retrial for illegal possession of gun

An SAS sniper accused of illegally possessing a gun and ammunition will return to court today to face a retrial.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale has pleaded not guilty to the offences, after a previous conviction was quashed by Court of Appeal judges in March.

SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with wife Sally Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The two-week trial is expected to begin with two days of legal arguments at the Military Court Centre, Bulford, Wiltshire, before any evidence is heard.

His original imprisonment sparked a public outcry and campaign, led by wife Sally, which led to the conviction being overturned on appeal.

The 38-year-old father-of-two has argued that the pistol and ammunition were brought back to the UK from Iraq by colleagues, after he had to return at short notice with the bodies of two fellow soldiers.

Gun charges sniper to be medically discharged

Sergeant Danny Nightingale Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An SAS sniper facing a retrial on gun charges is to be medically discharged from the Army, it was confirmed today.

The Army had agreed that Sergeant Danny Nightingale can be medically discharged, his lawyer Simon McKay said. It is understood that Sgt Nightingale's last week with the Army will be in February of next year.

The move comes after Sgt Nightingale, from Crewe was recommended for medical discharge by the medical board of the British Army because of serious brain damage caused after a collapse in the Amazon jungle in 2009.

Mr McKay said: "I am happy to confirm that he has received confirmation from the Army personnel centre that he is to be medically discharged from the Army."

Sgt Nightingale, 38, is due to face a retrial in July over the alleged illegal possession of a pistol and ammunition after a previous conviction was quashed by Court of Appeal judges.


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.

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.


Sgt Nightingale's wife vows to fight on

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."

SAS sniper 'very relieved' after winning appeal

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.

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale wins appeal

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.

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".

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