SAS sniper facing retrial for illegal possession of pistol and ammunition Danny Nightingale recommended for medical discharge


SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who faces a retrial for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition he had earlier been convicted of, has been recommended for medical discharge, his lawyer said today.

The Medical Board of the British Army today recommended that the 38-year-old should be medically discharged as a result of serious brain damage caused following his collapse in the Amazon jungle in 2009, Simon McKay said.

In a statement issued through Mr McKay, Sgt Nightingale said he was "devastated" that his SAS service had come to an end, but he recognised the brain damage he suffered in 2009 meant he could no longer carry out his normal duties.

Sgt Nightingale yesterday found out that he would have to go to court again after having his 18-month sentence in a military detention facility reduced and quashed by the Court of Appeal in March.