Soldier Danny Nightingale ready for fight to quash case
AN SAS sniper released from jail after a court appeal is meeting lawyers in the New Year as he continues the battle to overturn his conviction.
Sergeant Danny Nightingale was jailed for 18 months in November for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.
But he was released from military detention just three weeks later after appealing against his sentence following a public outcry.
The father-of-two, of Weston, near Crewe, has spent Christmas at home with wife Sally and daughters Mara, aged five, and Alys, aged two before his new legal fight begins.
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Sally, aged 38, said: "Danny turns 38 on January 3, the same day he has his first meeting with William Clegg QC his barrister. I think we have already got the wheels in motion but that's his first meeting."
No date has been set for a court hearing, but Mrs Nightingale said despite her husband's release the family remain keen to clear his name.
She added: "At the end of the day it's fantastic that Danny has been released and is at home and he should be, but we do need to clear his name.
"He has been used as a scapegoat for a failing system, so why should he have a criminal conviction hanging over him?
"He served the country for 17 years so I think he deserves to have his name cleared.
"It affects the rest of his life, there are countries that he can't go to if he has a criminal record, so we need to clear his name."