Three weeks today, Sergeant Danny Nightingale will report to the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire for a preparatory hearing. This is as a result of the Service Prosecuting Authority exercising its right to seek a re-trial of Sgt Nightingale.
Like many people, Big Brother Watch has been dismayed at the treatment of Sgt Nightingale. Despite his conviction being quashed at the Court of Appeal, military prosecutors continue to pursue Sgt Nightingale so today, working in conjunction with Danny’s family and lawyer, Simon McKay, we have launched this campaign to secure the much-needed funding to pay for Danny’s legal team.
In the event of any funds remaining after the payment of Danny’s legal bills, they will be donated to the SAS Regimental Association.
With costs potentially running to £150,000 for a prolonged battle, every donation makes a big difference and we urge you to give generously.
Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, said:“It would be terrible if after years of battling to clear his name Sgt Nightingale’s family were left facing crippling legal bills. I am sure the general public will be keen to support Danny after his years of service in the SAS and make sure that he is able to defend himself in court without fear of financial ruin.”
Sally Nightingale, Danny’s wife said: “This has been a difficult time for the family and it is understandably remains an anxious time for us. Danny is disappointed that he has to leave his beloved SAS and the Army but now accepts the full extent of his brain injury. He intends to plead not guilty at the forthcoming court martial and to continue the fight to clear his name.”
Simon McKay, Danny’s lawyer, added: “Danny has instructed me he wishes to enter a not guilty plea at the hearing on 1 May. I am instructed to challenge the decision to pursue a re-trial and raise various other issues, including the effect of the brain injury as a defence. There remains a high degree of confidence that eventually he will prevail.”
Please visit http://dannynightingale.org/ and donate what you can.