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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.