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An SAS sniper today won an appeal against convictions for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

3:50PM GMT 13 Mar 2013

 Danny Nightingale, 38, of Crewe, Cheshire, 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.

Lawyers had argued that Sergeant Nightingale had been placed under “improper pressure” to plead guilty at a military court trial and that his conviction was “unsafe”.

The Court of Appeal had concluded at a hearing in late November that the sentence was too harsh.

At that hearing three appeal judges had cut the term to 12 months, said it should be suspended, and ordered Sergeant Nightingale’s release.


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