Monday, November 12, 2012

As though we needed another example of the idiocy of Britain's gun laws

SAS war hero jailed after 'betrayal'.

Short version:

\In 2007, after providing training to the Iraqi army, Sgt Nightengale was presented with a 9mm Glock by Iraqis, and planned to give it to his regiment as a war trophy. Before he could do so, two of his friends died and he accompanied their bodies home and helped with funeral arrangements.

During his absence, his possessions--including the pistol that is illegal at home--were packed by colleagues and sent home.  Again, this is 2007.  Apparently, he never got around to unpacking things.

In 2010, while Sgt. Nightengale was in Afghanistan, his housemate's estranged wife made a claim of domestic violence against her husband, not Sgt. Nightengale.  The house was raided by officials and at that point the gun--still packed away and untouched by anyone for three fucking years--was found.

In a display of utter brilliance, Sgt. Nightengale was court-martialed and on Saturday sentenced to 18 months in prison as part of a plea deal which could have brought only probation. 

No one claims he had the weapon for illicit purposes.  Due to a brain injury accompanied by memory loss--also not disputed by the court--there's every possibility he honestly didn't know he had the gun.  He's been in the military for 17 years of "exemplary service".  And now he's going to prison and his wife and kids are going to lose their house.

There's really nothing I can say to point out the idiocy any more clearly.

1 comment:

BobG said...

Sounds like the judge is a real asshole.