Sgt Danny Nightingale was given a 9mm Glock by allies in Iraq for his outstanding service there. he’d planned to donate it to his SAS regiment as a trophy of their time there. But the deaths of two of his friends caused him to escort their bodies back to the UK and his team mates packed his remaining gear, including the Glock, and shipped it to him. In the interim, Sgt Nightingale, who suffers from severe memory loss for got about the gun.
Last week, he was court martialed for possession of the handgun and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment ending his 17-year career, according to a link in the UK’s Telegraph sent to us by Andy;
Patrick Mercer, the Conservative MP for Newark and a former infantry officer, said he planned to take up the case with the Defence Secretary. Simon McKay, Sgt Nightingale’s lawyer, said: “On Remembrance Sunday, when the nation remembers its war heroes, my client — one of their number — is in a prison cell.
“I consider the sentence to be excessive and the basis of the guilty plea unsafe. It is a gross miscarriage of justice and grounds of appeal are already being prepared.”
You’d think that if anyone in that country could be trusted to own a handgun, it’d be someone who had been a counter-terrorism expert for 11 years, but apparently, the military justice system doesn’t think that’s true. As Andy said, the sun had finally set on the British Empire.