Freed SAS man will fight conviction

Andover Advertiser: Sergeant Danny Nightingale had been placed in military detention for illegally possessing a Glock pistol Sergeant Danny Nightingale had been placed in military detention for illegally possessing a Glock pistol

An SAS sniper released from jail after winning an appeal will continue to fight his conviction, he said.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale, 37, was originally given 18 months' military detention for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

But three appeal judges on Thursday concluded the sentence was too harsh and cut the term to 12 months, saying it should be suspended, as well as ordering Sgt Nightingale's release.

Despite describing the prospect of being home with his family as an "early Christmas present", the father of two and his wife, Sally, said he will continue to appeal against the conviction.

Speaking to Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mrs Nightingale, from Cheshire, said: "Danny is very limited on what he can say", but added that they were fighting to get his conviction quashed.

"Today I am really happy with the result we got yesterday but we do need to go on and we need to clear Danny's name," she said.

"Danny has been used as a scapegoat and they chose the wrong person to do that to.

"There's so many mitigating circumstances. He was the wrong person to choose to make an example of."

Sgt Nightingale was handed his sentence after admitting illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition. He claimed he could not remember having the pistol - given as a gift after a served in Iraq - due to a brain injury which had affected his memory.

Judges heard that more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for Sgt Nightingale to be freed after his wife, Sally, 38, and other family members launched a campaign.

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