Skip to comments.SAS sniper jailed for 18 months for 'forgetting' about pistol(UK)
Posted on 11/12/2012 11:12:46 AM PST by marktwain
Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced to 18 months in a military jail last week.
A working 9mm Glock handgun, given to him after he trained a counterterrorism force in 2007, was found in his home by police last year.
He said he forgot he had the weapon and failed to declare it. His wife Sally described the father of two as a 'hero who has been betrayed', while the sentence came in for more criticism after it was handed down in the days leading up to Remembrance Sunday.
Sgt Nightingale's lawyer said his client had planned to deny illegal possession of a firearm but changed his plea to guilty when warned he could face a five-year sentence if convicted.
At his court martial even prosecution lawyers described Sgt Nightingale as a serviceman of exemplary character.
That’s it, keep on demonizing your willing protectors and you will find that they aren’t willing anymore.
That's the real problem here. The fact that a jury would convict a war hero speaks to a larger social problem.
Coming soon to America!
Britain is no longer in touch with her roots, history or ideals. But then neither is ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt or China. The death of a civilization is terribly poignant.
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot.
This is how the British government (and sadly, our government to a similar extent) thanks those who have given so much for us.
Burn, Britannia, burn, on the funeral pyre of your empire. Formerly-Great Britain is now nothing but an Islamic proxy state filled with dhimmis.
“A working 9mm Glock handgun, given to him after he trained a counterterrorism force in 2007, was found in his home by police last year.”
Why were they in his house in the first place? Were they specifically looking for the Glock or were they there for some other reason?
Enquiring minds want to know.
The nobles had arms and armor.
The average freeman,
The weapon could be a rake, scythe, hoe, spear, sword or longbow and arrows.
How far the English have fallen into servitude.
do you find this odd, crazy, ridiculous?
Lift your head and look around you.
Think about the changes coming in America, with Obama’s power unchecked.
Oh,....”The House”, you say, “He’s not “unchecked”!
Watch and see......
He’s a sniper. He likely has a price on his head, lives in a country that has the significant possibility of Jihadi agents wandering around in it, and has a family to protect.
I’d have ‘forgotten’ some iron, too.
Can the Queen or the Prime Minister issue a pardon?
If so, why hasn’t it been issued already?
This SAS serviceman is an exemplary model of what should be good for Britain.
Hmmmm. Has anyone thought about “V for Vendetta”?
Liberals deliberately and willfully want guns to stay in the hands of criminals, while they take them away from honest, law-abiding people.
Just so the criminals can walk in and take whatever they want. A little “redistribution of wealth.”
His team should liberate him if they don’t wise up. Never grab a tiger by the tail unless you have a plan to deal with its teeth.
There are two issues that make it complicated. The first is that this was a Court Martial, not a civilian trial. The Queen (on the advice of the Justice Secretary) can issue a Royal Pardon in the case of a civil trial, but while the Queen is Commander-in-Chief of all British Forces, the Army is under the command of Parliament (that's why it's not the Royal Army, unlike the Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force). For the Queen to issue a Royal Pardon over a Court Martial conviction there would have to be far more exceptional circumstances than normal, and the recommendation would have to come through the Defence Ministry, and the Defence Ministry is not set up with simple processes for that to happen. Regardless of this, while the Queen does have the power, it would be very unusual for it to be exercised until a case has gone through the Court of Appeal, and (possibly - I'm not sure if it has jurisdiction over courts martial) the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The 'Royal Prerogative of Mercy' is meant to be the final avenue of appeal is all else has failed.
The fact he plead guilty also complicates matters considerably. If he had gone to trial, there's a very good chance he would have escaped conviction, but he chose not to run the risk. That is his right, but it also limits his grounds for appeal.
Put a fork in Eurabia: it’s done.
Visit now, before the great cathedrals are all mosques.
Excellent point. What a shame that an English "wink and a nod" can't take care of this. PC uber alles has won the day.
Tommy Robinson is in prison, while jihadists gang rape English girls and the police look away. (All true.)