Monday, 19 November 2012

War Hero Imprisoned.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale, a war hero with 17 years service, has been unfairly sentenced to 18 months in military detention. He should be released immediately.

Why is this important?

Danny was convicted of illegally possessing a pistol which his trainees in the Iraqi army had given him as a gift in 2007. He planned to donate the pistol to his regiment but soon after had to return to the UK following the sudden deaths of two of his closest friends. His colleagues packed all his belongings, including the pistol, in boxes which remained unopened until 2010 when police searched his house while investigating a complaint made against his housemate.

In 2009, Danny collapsed while on a fund-raising trek in Brazil and incurred serious memory damage. During his court martial, expert witnesses said he probably had no memory that the gun was in his possession  The prosecution praised Danny's character as being exemplary. 

Despite this, a war hero has been imprisoned and his wife and children are now facing being evicted from their home.
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1 comment:

  1. You omitted to mention the trial "transcripts showed that Sgt Nightingale had 122 live rounds of 9mm ammunition, 40 live rounds of 7.62 ammunition, 50 frangible rounds of 9mm ammunition, 50 live rounds of armour piecing ammunition, two live rounds of .308 ammunition and 74 live rounds of 5.56 ammunition in "a plastic box under the bed".

    Did he forget about them as well? I suspect there is more to this case than the Telegraph is reporting!


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