The wife of an SAS sniper jailed for illegally possessing a gun has written to the Prime Minister asking to meet to discuss the "injustice" of her husband's sentence.
Sally Nightingale has requested David Cameron's help after Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced to 18 months in military detention by a court martial.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition, and the case has sparked controversy, with supporters claiming the father-of-two, who has served for 17 years, including 11 with the SAS, has been betrayed.
In a letter seen by the Sunday Telegraph, Mrs Nightingale asked Cameron not to "ignore" her family "in the hour of our greatest need", and urged him to intervene. "I would like to speak to you face-to-face and explain in person why this sentence is such an injustice," she said. "Prime Minister, you can help my husband and his family. Your intervention can end his detention."
Earlier, Sgt Nightingale's lawyer said the serviceman was "excited" about meeting his wife tomorrow for the first time since he was sentenced over a week ago. He will receive a visit from Mrs Nightingale and his father Humphrey Nightingale at the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester.
Sgt Nightingale's lawyer Simon McKay said: "The authorities at Colchester have been treating Sergeant Nightingale with great humanity and have allowed this visit between him and his wife and his father. It's been an emotional time for the family. Mrs Nightingale is not speaking to anybody herself at present. She's just exhausted with what's unfolded in the last 10 days. Obviously the family are looking forward to the reunion tomorrow."
Mr McKay said the visit is "scheduled for approximately one hour" and added that Sgt Nightingale is looking forward to being reunited with his wife. "He's very excited about the prospect of seeing his wife and obviously this will be the first time they have physically met since he was sentenced on the 7th of November, so there's a great deal of anticipation about it. He's really looking forward to it," he said.
Sgt Nightingale pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a 9mm Glock pistol which had been packed up and returned to him by colleagues after he had to leave Iraq in a hurry to help organise the funeral of two friends killed in action. He also admitted possessing ammunition.
The case is to be debated by MPs on Tuesday evening, with four special forces veterans, including the former commanding officer of the SAS, having written an open letter to David Cameron, claiming Sgt Nightingale was "the victim of a monstrous miscarriage of justice".
The court martial heard that the gun was a gift from Iraqi soldiers he had been helping to train, but the father-of-two, who had suffered medical problems affecting his memory, said he did not remember having it.