Lord Robathan insists SAS hero Albert Patterson's prison sentence is 'disproportionate'

Lord Robathan insists SAS hero Albert Patterson's prison sentence is 'disproportionate'

A floral tribute to the Falklands fallen

Friday, April 15, 2016

Former Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, Lord Andrew Robathan, has attacked the prison sentence handed down to an SAS hero.

Albert Patterson was jailed for 15 months after a war trophy from the Falklands, a 9mm pistol, was found at his Hereford home.

Patterson said he kept the gun, which was taken from an Argentinean officer, to remind him of the 22 comrades he lost in the conflict.

But Lord Robathan, himself a former member of the SAS, feels it was wrong to sentence the 65-year-old to a spell behind bars.

"What's the good of it?” he asked Julia Hartley-Brewer. “A man of 65 who, as far as I'm aware, had an unblemished record in the past, and who has served his country. Indeed it was a criminal thing to do, but I don't think he deserves to go to jail for it.

"He clearly didn't think he was doing anything wrong. It's a disproportionate sentence, coming 34 years after the Falklands War. Although he had ammunition, as far as I’m aware he had no intent to use it [the pistol]."