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Grin Mantan Sniper SAS : "saya lupa asal 338 munisi & 1 pistol dibawah tempat tidur"

Pictured: The gun and ammunition discovered in bedroom of SAS sniper who ‘falsely confessed’ to smuggling them out of Iraq as a war trophy

Photographs reveal 9mm handgun and ammunition found in sniper's room
Court martial heard confession may have been a false memory
Hearing told the memory could have been triggered by a brain injury


By Ian Drury

PUBLISHED: 17:58 GMT, 5 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:55 GMT, 6 July 2013





Quote:Photographs of the Iraqi pistol and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at the centre of the trial of SAS sniper Danny Nightingale emerged for the first time yesterday.

The pictures, revealed at a court martial, show the cache found stashed in the 38-year-old's bedroom during a raid on his rented accommodation in September 2011.

The 9mm Glock handgun - which Sgt Nightingale told investigators he was given as a gift while serving in Iraq in 2007 - was found in the wardrobe, while 338 rounds of ammunition were retrieved from beneath his bed, the military court has heard. Yesterday the hearing was told the Special Forces hero, from Crewe, 'falsely confessed' to illegally smuggling the Iraqi pistol back to Britain as a war trophy.




Weapon: The handgun (pictured) and 338 rounds of ammunition were discovered in his bedroom during a raid on his rented accommodation in September 2011






Denial: Sgt Nightingale said he had left his kit in Iraq while repatriating the bodies of two friends who were killed on operations

Sgt Nightingale shared the rented house with a Special Forces comrade, identified only as Soldier N, while they were deployed in Afghanistan.




Hearing: Sergeant Danny Nightingale, 38, had told investigators he had been given the 9mm Glock handgun as a gift when he was serving in Iraq in 2007

Soldier N is now serving two years in military prison after admitting possessing prohibited firearms, including a Glock pistol.

William Clegg, defending, suggested Soldier N could have planted the other weapon in his housemate’s bedroom to avoid getting a tougher sentence.

He also claimed Sgt Nightingale’s original confession might have been a false memory triggered by a brain injury he suffered during a 132-mile charity run though the Brazilian jungle.

The court heard his medical condition makes him fill in any gaps in his memory by unconsciously piecing together information he has been told – a process known as ‘confabulation’.

Mr Clegg said it would be a ‘truly remarkable coincidence’ if both soldiers living in the same house had brought back the same type of pistol from Iraq.

Giving evidence to the military court in Bulford, Wiltshire, Sgt Nightingale said he had left his kit in Iraq while repatriating the bodies of two friends who were killed on operations.

He claimed he had no idea how it had been packed up and returned to the UK.

He added: ‘I have no physical or tangible memory if I can’t breathe, smell or taste it. I have no recollection of receiving the gun.’

Sgt Nightingale, of Crewe, Cheshire, was jailed for 18 months last year. This was reduced to 12 months suspended after a vigorous campaign led by his wife Sally and supported by the Daily Mail.

His conviction was later quashed and a retrial ordered after the Court of Appeal said the judge had pressured him into pleading guilty.

The trial continues.



Arrival: Sergeant Danny Nightingale and wife Sally, with other family members, arriving at his court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire, yesterday


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5 July 2013 Last updated at 18:55 GMT


Danny Nightingale trial: SAS sniper 'apologised over gun'

Duncan Kennedy reports: "He said he had 'fits' and was not in a good way"



An SAS sniper originally apologised to police for having a pistol in his bedroom, a trial has heard.

Sgt Danny Nightingale, 38, denies illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and 338 rounds of ammunition.

In his police interview videos, played to the court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire, Sgt Nightingale said he had intended to get the gun decommissioned.

However, he told the court on Friday he had no memory of receiving the weapon from an Iraqi national in 2007.

The father-of-two from Crewe, Cheshire, told the court martial he had not been given the pistol while on operations in Iraq.

He said he could not remember receiving it because of a brain injury he suffered in 2009 and "confabulated" and might have latched on to his housemate's explanations for how the items were found in his bedroom.

Sgt Nightingale also told the court he had not stored 338 rounds of ammunition under his bed, which were left over from training sessions.

William Clegg QC, defending, asked Sgt Nightingale to explain the account he gave to police in 2011 following a search of a house he shared with another SAS man, known as Soldier N.


'Very diligent individual'

"I have physical or tangible memory. I have no recollection of receiving the gun." Sgt Nightingale told the court martial.

"However, hindsight of seeing statements etc, I now know that Soldier N had told me that he had been given a pistol and that he had ammunition there.

"I have seen [my superior] and been told what is in the house and Soldier N said everything else in the house was his, bar what was in the bedroom.



Quote: I really assumed it must have been put there when I moved out of my mess in a great rush”

Sgt Nightingale


"I have always maintained that I am a very diligent individual and did not understand how it could be there."

Sgt Nightingale also said he appreciated he had a memory issue and it was feasible he "had received something".

He said: "The only time I had been in Iraq was 2007. The only way it could have come back, as I have no memory of it, would be in a box.

"That's the best I can explain for the gun."


Sgt Nightingale told the court he also had no memory of how the ammunition came to be found in a plastic box under his bed.

"It was my admin box where I would keep books, pencils. Therefore, I really assumed it must have been put there when I moved out of my mess in a great rush."

He admitted any ammunition should have been handed in.

'Two a collection'

Soldier N has previously admitted one of the two Glock pistols found in the house and much of the ammunition was his and is serving a two-year sentence.

Mr Clegg said Sgt Nightingale's earlier admission to police and in court last year when he pleaded guilty had been "false confessions".

Mr Clegg suggested Soldier N had brought the two Glock pistols into the UK after he returned from Iraq in 2003.

He told the court: "That two men, by chance, end up in the same quarters both having the very same type of weapon, the very same manufacturer and the very same calibre, the very same theatre of war, imported into that theatre in the same year and arriving wholly separately into the same house is incredible."

Mr Clegg said Soldier N had wanted to disassociate himself from the second pistol as having "one can be a souvenir; two begins to suggest a collection", he told the court martial.

Sgt Nightingale, whose regiment was listed as The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border), has pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a prohibited firearm - a Glock 9mm pistol - between November 26 2007 and September 16 2011.

He also denies possessing a range of different types of ammunition on or about 16 September 2011.

The trial was adjourned until Monday.

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