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Danny Nightingale: the case of the disappearing bullets

by | 30th, November 2012

DANNY Nightingale is free. Danny Nightingale is the SAS sniper jailed for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition. The man who has served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria was jailed by the British for owning an illegal firearm and lots of bullets.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale, 37, stood on the steps of the High Court and thanked his supporters:

“It has just been extremely humbling. Very, very humbling. Thank you to the great British public. They have been absolutely wonderful in their support.”

His wife, Sally Nightingale, 38, added:

“It can only be good for all the troops out there fighting for our country to see justice has been done.”

Nightingale’s problems began when in 2007 Iraqi special forces gave him a Glock 9mm pistol and over 300 rounds of live ammunition, including 50 armour-piercing bullets. He was then ordered to fly home, accompanying two of his friends who had been killed in a helicopter crash. He left the gun and ammo behind. Others packed up in his belongings and sent the lot to the SAS regimental headquarters in Hereford. The gun and ammo were in a container. Danny Nightingale never opened it.

In 2010, police found the gun and ammo at his army flat in Hereford. They were responding to an unrelated complaint about his housemate. Mr Nightingale was away at time in Afghanistan. He said he had planned to deactivate the gun and give it to his regiment. Had he forgotten? At his trial, the judge was informed that the soldier has suffered brain damage and memory loss after falling into a coma during a charity run in 2009.

Nightingale was guilty of a crime. He was court martialled. He was held in a military jail in Colchester for three weeks. At a military court, he

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