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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Sally Nightingale: 'I'm half expecting a retrial'

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale was jailed last year for illegally possessing a gun, he said he had forgotten about.

Although he was later freed from jail, his conviction still stands, and today Danny will appear at the Court of Appeal in an attempt to clear his name.

Speaking to Daybreak, his wife Sally said: "I'm half expecting a retrial to be honest. If I think that way then it can't be so hard when it comes."

Thanking the public for their support, she added, "we still get letters, we still get messages on Facebook, through Twitter, and the support that's been going on leading up to this appeal has been massive as well. It really pushes us forward."

Sniper's lawyers attempt to quash gun conviction

The Court of Appeal concluded in late November that Danny Nightingale's sentence was too harsh. Three appeal judges cut the term to 12 months, said it should be suspended, and ordered Sgt Nightingale's release.

Sally Nightingale, wife of soldier Danny Nightingale, seen petitioning for his release last November. Credit: PA

Lawyers representing Sergeant Nightingale, 38, are today scheduled to try to quash the conviction at another Court of Appeal hearing in London.

Danny Nightingale (centre), with his wife and father after having had his sentence for possessing a pistol suspended last Novemeber. Credit: PA

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Sergeant Danny Nightingale appeals to clear his name

Sergeant Danny Nightingale will try to clear his name at an appeal against his conviction today.

The SAS sniper was jailed for 18 months in November for illegally possessing a pistol, but released three weeks later after appealing his sentence.

The SAS sniper was jailed for 18 months in November for illegally possessing a pistol, but released three weeks later Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

At the time, Sgt Nightingale, from Crewe, Cheshire, vowed to clear his name.

His appeal will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Read: Jailed SAS sniper Danny Nightingale freed on appeal

Freed SAS sniper 'optimistic' over appeal

Sergeant Danny Nightingale, an SAS sniper freed from jail after a court appeal, is "delighted and optimistic" after meeting his legal team to discuss the next step in the battle to clear his name.

Sgt Nightingale was handed an 18-month custodial sentence in November for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition but was released three weeks later after appealing against his sentence.

His family is hoping to also appeal against the conviction and clear his name, and yesterday the father of two met lawyers to discuss plans for the new appeal.

Sargeant Danny Nightingale outside the Royal Courts of Justice after he was released from jail. Credit: PA Wire

At a meeting in London, which Sgt Nightingale attended with his father Humphrey, the SAS sniper was told there was a "a high degree of confidence" his convictions would be quashed, his lawyer Simon McKay said today.

Solicitor-advocate Mr McKay said: "We had a positive conference with William Clegg QC and I will now be taking steps to notify the Court of Appeal that my client wishes to proceed with his appeal against conviction."

SAS sniper returns to work after firearm charge overturned

Sergeant Danny Nightingale has returned to work today after being released from jail last week.

Talking to BBC Breakfast, his wife Sally said he had been put back on the payroll but would now have to undergo tests regarding a brain injury which affected his memory.

The SAS sniper was released after having his conviction illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition overturned by three appeal judges.

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Released SAS sniper enjoying first free weekend at home

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale is enjoying his first weekend at home after being released from jail following his appeal victory.

The 37-year-old received a hero's return as he arrived back at his home in Crewe late last night, with family and friends gathered alongside a large "Welcome Back" banner.

Sergeant Nightingale told reporters he would spend the weekend with his family before renewing the fight to clear his name.

Sgt Nightingale was originally given 18 months' military detention for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition, before three appeal judges cut the term to a suspended 12 months on Thursday, prompting his release.

Nightingale will fight to get conviction overturned

SAS Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who was freed after having his 18-month sentence for illegally possessing a gun reduced on appeal, has told ITV News that he held onto the weapon for so long because of "the hectic pace of life."

He said: "I'd just brought my best friend home in a coffin. It was an emotional period."

ITV News correspondent Geraint Vincent reports:

Danny Nightingale 'humbled' by public support

Freed SAS sniper Danny Nightingale
Freed SAS sniper Danny Nightingale Credit: ITV News

Freed SAS sniper Danny Nightingale told ITV News he was overwhelmed by the support he had received from the public. He said being away from his family, in particular his "amazing" wife Sally, was the hardest thing about his stay in prison. He said:

"The hardest thing was firstly, not being with the family, and then I am young, I am used to being outdoors, I am used to running around. It was hard being there and not being with my family. "

"Sally has been amazing in this, [...] she has been so courageous in how she has conducted herself, and the dignity in how she has done it has been great. The public's support has been very very humbling, it has been such a humbling experience."

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