To: Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond MP
Release an Unfairly Jailed War Hero
Dear Philip Hammond,
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?
**UPDATE - Victory! Danny Nightingale's sentenced was quashed and he has now been released! Thank you to everyone who signed the petition.**
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.
He has been unfairly imprisoned. Please release him immediately.
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