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SAS sniper in memory loss claim

By Rod Minchin

An SAS sniper accused of possessing a pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition has blamed memory loss for originally confessing to the crime, a court has heard.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale (38) said he "confabulated" and might have latched on to his housemate's explanations for how the Glock 9mm handgun and 338 rounds of ammunition were found in his bedroom. Giving evidence at his court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire, Sgt Nightingale denied that the arsenal was his.

He said he was suffering problems with his memory following a severe brain injury in 2009 – after which he spent three days in a coma – and what he told police in 2011 was incorrect.

"I have no recollection of receiving the gun," he said.

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