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Sgt Danny Nightingale, 37, was caged for 18 months at a court martial despite evidence he did not even know he still had the trophy.

Comrades packed it up with his gear and sent it on to him after he accompanied home the coffins of two close pals killed in a helicopter crash.

The Glock 9mm was still in its unopened box when cops discovered it at temporary digs he was sharing — by which time the sarge was battling brain damage that affected his memory.


Danny’s dad Humphrey, 64 — a retired farmer — said in Linford, Hants: “It’s unbelievable. Danny has given his life to this country over 17 years.

“He only accepted the pistol from anti-terrorist forces in Iraq because it would have been rude to turn down the gift.”


Danny’s commanding officer in Iraq, Lt Col Richard Williams, branded the sentence “a total betrayal of a man who dedicated his life to the service of his country”.

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