TWO ministers wage a public battle over Sgt Danny Nightingale — as his wife goes to No10 to beg for his freedom.
TWO ministers yesterday waged a public battle over jailed SAS hero Danny Nightingale — as his wife went to No10 to beg the PM to free him.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond appealed for Attorney General Dominic Grieve to examine whether locking up Sgt Nightingale for having an illegal war trophy pistol is in the public interest.
But Mr Grieve, the Government’s chief law officer, snubbed the plea — claiming his intervention would be “inappropriate”. And David Cameron’s backed him, his spokesman saying: “It’s not for the Government to intervene in the finding of a court.”
The refusal to back Sgt Nightingale, 37, jailed for 18 months by a court martial for having a pistol that grateful Iraqis gave him, infuriated MPs.
Tory John Baron, an ex-Army officer, said: “Considering Sgt Nightingale’s proud service, reviewing his case is the least we can do in return.
“If the Government does nothing it could be charged with just wanting to turn its back on someone who has served his country.”
Fellow Tory Julian Brazier said the sniper’s wife Sally and her two daughters could now face eviction because Sgt Nightingale’s pay has been stopped so they cannot afford their mortgage. He told the Commons: “There is no military covenant for them this Christmas.”
Mr Grieve’s refusal was a huge blow to Sally, 38, who yesterday went to No10 to hand in letters written by her and daughter Mara, five, asking the PM to intervene. Sally said afterwards: “I now know No10 is listening.”
Meanwhile, this lot is for sale on eBay...
STOLEN military kit worth millions is being sold on websites like eBay — but only a handful of members of the Armed Forces have ever been jailed.
The shock figures make a mockery of the 18-month prison sentence handed to hero SAS sniper Sgt Nightingale for possessing a trophy gun.
Thefts from Army, Navy and RAF bases have soared to £2million of gear per year.
Military cops recovered £1.4million worth flogged online in the past four years — including weapon and missile parts, a Freedom of Information Act request reveals.
The Operation Embroil military police team that trawls the internet has made 102 arrests since 2008 — but secured only 25 convictions.
Last year Thomas Biddlestone, 26, of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, was convicted of selling £58,000 worth of MoD kit on eBay — but avoided jail.