Suspend the sentence of SAS legend Pat in prison for keeping Falklands war trophy handgun
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Defence Editor of The Sun newspaper, David Willetts is calling on readers to help hero Albert Patterson have his 15 month jail sentence suspended:
Albert, 65, is an SAS legend who has been jailed for keeping a trophy handgun he captured during the Falklands war.
Ex-para Albert - known as "Pat" - kept the unloaded 9mm pistol in his cellar at his Hereford home, after seizing it from an Argentinian officer during the 1982 campaign. It served as a memento to the 22 SAS comrades killed in the conflict. However, he was arrested after the weapon was uncovered by cops probing an unrelated burglary.
During sentencing Judge Christopher Plunkett hailed his service to the SAS - but said he had no choice but to jail him after he admitted possessing the pistol, plus ammunition, four Enfield pistols, and a rifle component.
The Sun believes the sentence is unjust.
The weapons were never loaded or used in the UK, and they were not in the public domain.
Further, because of Albert's post-SAS work in security for non-government organisations in Iraq and Afghanistan, he missed an SAS weapons amnesty where he could have safely returned the weapons.
Others have gone free for the same offence.
Just last month Dale Robinson, 28, got a two-year term suspended for 18 months after admitting possessing a firearm and ammo at Northampton crown court.
While waiting for his sentencing, hero Albert defied the threat of terror groups to bring water and electricity to war-hit Helmand.
This is why David Willetts and The Sun newspaper are calling for Judge Plunkett to show compassion and common-sense and suspend Albert's jail term.
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