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Thread: SAS Man Gets 18 Months for Possessing a Glock

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    Default SAS Man Gets 18 Months for Possessing a Glock

    Sgt Danny Nightingale, a special forces sniper who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced to 18 months in military detention by a court martial last week.His sentence was described last night as the “betrayal of a war hero”, made worse because it was handed down in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.

    Sgt Nightingale had planned to fight the charge of illegally possessing the 9mm Glock.

    But his lawyer said he pleaded guilty after being warned that he could otherwise face a five-year sentence.

    The soldier had hoped for leniency given the circumstances. At the court martial, even the prosecution described him as a serviceman of exemplary character, who had served his country for 17 years, 11 in the special forces.
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    What a waste!

    If the story is true, there's plenty of extenuating circumstances, enough for them to figure a way to let him off.

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    You forgot to higlight the most important part:
    An SAS hero has been jailed for possessing a “war trophy” pistol presented to him by the Iraqi Army for outstanding service.
    Whosoever pressed these charges is the king of douchebags.
    Who was that general again who had Saddams AK on a panel in his office? FFS.

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    This should of gone away quietly.Now its become a mess.This would make a great recruting poster join the SAS and give up your youth we will throw you in prison if you make any error.

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    wow, i wonder the penalty if a politician or law maker makes a mistake

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    Quote Originally Posted by deagle View Post
    wow, i wonder the penalty if a politician or law maker makes a mistake
    It gets swept under the rug when they make a donation to Amnesty International.

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    If the circumstances are as they are stated then it is an absolute disgrace. This man should be honored. A reprimand would have been more suitable.

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    18 months for carrying a gun? I don't care if it's a 7-11 clerk or George Patton, that amount of time in jail is ridiculous

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    A absolute disgrace. What is wrong with the justice system in the MoD?

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    Aha!...some Politicians and Generals to work on. I just love being a Proctologist.

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    Bloody morons. A country ran by w@nkers.

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    If they want to respect the law to the letter, it's OK! Can't blame them for that. But for this situation a speedy governmental pardon would be in order.

    Overall, based on the article, the way the situation was handled is a disgrace.

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    I'm frequently gobsmacked by how restrictive the UK is when it comes to owning firearms, especially when I think that the US is a child of the UK. We're restricted from having automatic weapons, and some states restrict certain other types of firearms, but, by and large, what I legally own in the US would probably get me a prison term of a lot more than 18 months in prison in the UK.

    If any of you from across the pond find yourself in the Memphis Tennessee area, shoot me a message, and I'll take you to a range the way 'Mericans do it.

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    He got of lightly if he'd been a civvy he'd be facing 5-10 years in prison.
    The law on the posession of handguns in the UK is very clear. It may be completley ridiculous. However soldiers SAS, war hero or otherwise are subject to the laws of the land. Lucky for him it was kept in house.

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    Out of curiosity what are the likely US Mil charges for smuggling in war trophies such as pistols.
    Last edited by Mr Gently Benevolent; 11-11-2012 at 06:07 AM.

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