posted on Nov, 11 2012 @ 06:10 PM
The wife of an SAS soldier has accused Army chiefs of 'betrayal' after he was jailed for illegally possessing a pistol given to him for his work in
Iraq. Sally Nightingale spoke out as her husband Danny, a special forces sniper, began an 18-month sentence in military detention. He was presented
with the 'war trophy' 9mm Glock by the Iraq Army for his outstanding service after training a secret counter-terrorism force called The Apostles.
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Its remembrance Sunday in the UK, when we pause to remember those brave souls who have gave their lives defending our boarders, and those who leave
their families for moths at a time to defend our liberty. Included amongst this special group of individuals are the men of our Special Forces,
Including those from the 22nd Special Air Service (22SAS) Regiment who gone above and beyond to defend us. It’s sickening then and a true testament
to the ridiculous judicial system of this country then that a member of 22SAS has been sent to prison for 18 months for possessing a pistol.
The story of Sargent Nightingale is certainly quite impressive until its end. He has served in the British Army for 17 years, 11 of those in the SAS.
In 2007 he was part of Task Force Black hunting down member of Al-Qa’ida and later he was responsible for training Iraq’s Counterterrorism unit
known as “the apostils”. Towards the end of this assignment to train these individuals two of Sargent Nightingale’s friends were killed in a
helicopter crash, he chose to leave early and head back to the UK with the bodies. However at the end of the training, the recruits presented Sargent
Nightingale with a Glock 9mm pistol which he intended to have decommissioned and then hung up in the Sergeants Mess back in Hereford the base of 22SAS
Such was the haste of Sargent Nightingale’s departure from Iraq in November 2007 he was unable to pack all of his possessions. Therefore in 2008
his colleagues packed up the rest of his kit to be sent back to the SAS base and then on to his home, including the pistol presented to him as a war
trophy where it remained unopened until 2010.
In 2009 he went on a 200 mile trek in Brazil fund raising when he collapsed into a 3 day comma and awoke with memory loss. Then in 2010 he was living
with another man before being sent of quickly to Afghanistan at short notice. The other man’s ex-wife claimed that he had assaulted her and further
more kept ammunition. As a result the policed raided Sargent Nightingales home where the other man was staying and found the old pistol. In the UK it
is an offense to be in possession of a pistol.
Sargent Nightingale has claimed as a result of the coma and his other commitments he forgot about the existence of the pistol. A doctor has also
agreed that this is a possibility however the judge has sentenced him to 18 months in prison.
I agree that his excuse may be flimsy and I do personally disagree with gun ownership.
This is not how we should be treating our hero’s, this is a disgrace on a national level that our legal system is so inept that this man get’s
sent to prison. His Army pay has been frozen and as a result his wife and their two young children may lose their homes.
Keep prisons for criminals not for our solders.
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