|The Lord Chief Justice,|
Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd
His lawyers told the appeal court that evidence from [SAS member and Nightingale's best friend and housemate] N's former father-in-law could suggest he had two pistols. It was also claimed that a medic called by the prosecution to give evidence about Nightingale's mental state stepped outside his areas of expertise.
Lord [Chief Justice Lord] Thomas [of Cwmgiedd] said there was a "substantial amount" of evidence presented to the trial that could have led to the court martial board's decision. This included "a very large amount of evidence" relating to soldier N's credibility. The three judges who heard the appeal were unimpressed by the arguments on the medic's evidence.
"In our judgment, none of this material goes anywhere to affecting the safety of this conviction, and for his reason and others we have given, we dismiss this application," Thomas said.Also on the panel were Higginbottom and Baker, JJ.