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Published on April 20th, 2016 | by voxx

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Former SAS Soldier Jailed Over Trophy Pistol

An old age pensioner who is also a former SAS Soldier currently jailed for 15 months
Albert Patterson, who served in the British Army for 22 years, had admitted illegally possessing a 9mm self-loading pistol and 177 rounds of ammunition suitable to be used with it. He also had four Enfield pistols, five rounds of expanding ammunition and a self-loading rifle part.

Mr Patterson, who had served first with the Parachute Regiment and later in the Special Forces, said he’d taken the 9mm pistol from a captured Argentine officer during the Falklands War. He told the court he’d kept it in order to remember 22 of his friends and colleagues who’d died in the conflict.

In his defence Albert Paterson added that he’d spent much of the last 20 years working overseas and hadn’t handed the weapons in because the occasions when he was back in the UK hadn’t coincided with any firearms amnesty.

His lawyer Scott Coughtrie told the court his client “spent a great deal of time abroad protecting our country and our way of life.”

“These weapons were never loaded or used in the UK and had never been in the public domain.”

 
The cache had been discovered by police investigating a burglary at the 65-year-old divorced veteran’s former marital home.

On sentencing Judge Christopher Plunkett told the court that it had been a privilege to see Mr Patterson’s service record but that the law left him no option but to impose a custodial sentence:

“In the wrong hands these weapons could lead to the death of police officers or cause all sorts of mayhem. It is this risk Parliament is concerned about.”

Mr Patterson, who most recently had been living in Thailand, will also have to complete a year’s supervised probation once released from prison.

There are already however calls for him to be released, most notably from Colonel Richard Kemp. The former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan saying:

“This is another example of our troops being persecuted by a government and courts obsessed with political correctness.

“An SAS hero who risked his life to defend our country shouldn’t be treated like a South London drug dealer. He should be freed immediately. The country should be grateful for what he did.”

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