Sentences and Convictions
an on-going list of incidents involving guns. In this section
are sentences and convictions for court rulings, and the verdicts of
inquests, made this month.
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is incomplete. The number of incidents in our lists is between 10
and 15 percent of the total number of firearms offences recorded in Home
Office and Scottish Government figures, though we believe nearly all of
the most serious crimes are being included. Your help in collecting more
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East London Lines,
from east London and Essex have been jailed after they
were caught en route to robbing a drugs safe. Kevin Hunter, 18, was
jailed for ten years after being found guilty of conspiracy to rob and
possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Aaron Morris, Mark Morris and Mark Bines were jailed for eight years
each after being found guilty of conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to
Marsh has been jailed for 14 months for possession of a firearm with
intent to cause fear of violence after threatening an 18-year-old with
an imitation handgun in Doncaster.
The victim approached Marsh's house believing Marsh's son may have
insight into a recent burglary at the victim's family home. Then Marsh,
46, who had been drinking, escalated the confrontation by verbally
threatening to shoot the teenager and brandishing the firearm.
Telegraph and Argus,
Stenhouse has been jailed for nine years after carrying out a failed
armed robbery and a shooting incident in Bradford. Stenhouse,
high on cocaine and armed with a sawn-off
shotgun, threatened a man at a property company and demanded
cash. The victim gave Stenhouse access to the safe, but no money was
available. The next night two men armed with a sword and a firearm
reportedly went to a party at Stenhouse's home and demanded payment for
a drug debt. Stenhouse fired his shotgun four times, wounding a guest in
the foot. He rang police, who then recovered the gun and other weapons.
Stenhouse admitted armed robbery, possessing a firearm with intent to
cause violence and possessing a prohibited firearm.
Dandy has been jailed for seven and a half years after firing a handgun
into the air seven times in central Birmingham, terrorising
members of the public. Dandy admitted possessing a prohibited weapon and
possessing live ammunition without a firearms certificate.
Reilly has admitted seven counts of robbery and eight counts of
possessing an imitation firearm.
Reilly carried out a series of armed robberies across the Sussex
area while wearing a variety of disguises, before he was finally caught
and pleaded guilty to 15 of 20 charges brought against him.
Franklin has been jailed for five and a half years for robbing two banks
in Nottingham. Franklin admitted two counts of robbery and
possessing an imitation firearm with
intent to cause fear of violence.
Steele has been jailed for 18 months after threatening to kill a
teenager with an imitation gun and
stabbing him with a screwdriver. Steele initially tried to break up a
row between two girls in Sheffield but he was then attacked by
the boyfriend of one of the girls. Steele then brandished the gun and
stabbed the boy with the screwdriver.
has been given a 12-month community order after admitting possessing a
prohibited weapon. Police recovered a homemade
stun gun from his home in Leeds after executing a
search warrant in March 2011, five days after he was caught using an
iron bar as an offensive weapon.
Casey, 18, has been sentenced to nine months in youth detention after
shooting a man in Hartlepool with a BB
gun. Casey, who shot the victim four times after the pair had
previously fought, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm when he was
prohibited to do so. He was banned from having a firearm for five years.
Christian David, 22, has been jailed for six years for his role in a
post office robbery in East Barnet. His accomplice, Iulian Anisiu,
was previously imprisoned but David had to be extradited from Romania.
The pair were joined by a third perpetrator, still at large, as they
attacked a 74-year-old man and threatened him with
imitation firearms. They stole cash and stamps before
escaping, leaving the victim to be taken to intensive care for his
North Devon Journal,
Christopher Searle has been given a three-month custodial sentence after
pleading guilty to possessing a shotgun
without a certificate. Searle reportedly kept the gun as an ornamental
feature in his home in Braunton, Devon but had not taken steps to
disable the weapon.
Bury Free Press,
Fairbrass and Trevor Summers have each been jailed for eight years
following an attempted armed robbery on a post office in Hopton,
Suffolk. The pair pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery
after one of them threatened staff in the post office with a handgun and
knife, then escaped with the help of the other.
Faheem Kola, Babar Khan and Mohammed Khan, aged 19 to 26, pleaded guilty
to conspiracy to rob after carrying out a series of violent robberies in
Bolton and Burnley. The gang was apparently responsible
for three robberies which took place at a jewellery shop and two houses.
In one house, the robbers tied up an elderly couple and threatened them
with a gun and an axe before stealing cash and jewellery.
pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause
fear of violence after he held up a woman in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Lewis, who has a long record of burglary and theft convictions,
approached the victim at her home and brandished a
Bury Free Press,
has been jailed for 12 months after being caught in possession of an
unlicensed shotgun. Police
discovered the illegal weapon in Falco's home in Beck Row,
Suffolk. Falco's sentence was suspended two years but he was also
ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid community work within the next
Your Local Guardian,
have been jailed for a series of gun violence in south London.
The men carried out five armed robberies and also shot two victims in a
hostel, wounding one in the leg and the other in three places. The
victims were hospitalised but recovered and were present at the trial.
Andre Abrahams, 26, and Gladstone Allen, 20, were jailed for ten years
and eight years, respectively, after being convicted of two counts of
attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life
and robbery. Meanwhile Ishmael Baptiste, 21, and Romaine Gayle, 18, were
jailed for seven years and six and a half years, respectively, for
Stanton has been jailed for three and a half years for attempted armed
robbery in Worthing, West Sussex. Stanton threatened staff
members with an imitation gun at a
jewellers in July 2011, but was tackled and held by the owner and an
McDonald was fined for possessing a stun gun
at his home in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. McDonald legally
bought the weapon in Thailand but police found the prohibited firearm
while in his address for an unrelated matter. He was ordered to pay
Manchester Evening News,
Ashraf has been jailed for five and a half years for possessing a
prohibited weapon, driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance
and breaching a suspended sentenced passed for dangerous driving. Ashraf
was pulled over in Cheetham Hill, Manchester and police recovered
a sub-machine gun that he was holding for gangsters. Ashraf had been a
successful businessman who went into debt after a failed enterprise, and
apparently was pressured into holding the gun for organised criminals.
Windridge, 19, Liam Moody, 20, and Thomas Freeman, 20, have been jailed
for three years each after attacking a man with a
BB gun in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Windridge
lured the victim to a discreet area on the promise of exchanging sexual
acts for money, before Moody and Freeman assaulted him. They fired a
shot and then attacked the victim with a stick before stealing his
wallet. However, police quickly arrested the trio and they pleaded
guilty to the robbery.
Ilsley, 17, has been given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order after
spending five months on remand for possessing live ammunition. Ilsley
was caught with hunting rifle bullets that police found at his house
after catching him riding in a stolen van on his 17th birthday in
Radford, Coventry. Ilsley also has previous convictions for carrying
a loaded shotgun and possessing an
imitation firearm, but a judge
decided not to jail him further.
Hook has been given a 12-month conditional discharge and a fine after
brandishing a shotgun at dog-walkers
in Cote, Oxfordshire. Hook reportedly threatened two men who were
walking on his land after they thought it had been a public
right-of-way. Despite apparently threatened to shoot the men and their
dogs if they returned, Hook's charge was decreased from using a firearm
with intent to cause fear down to common assault. He was therefore
spared jail and ordered to pay
Your Local Guardian,
Abbas has been jailed for 11 years after carrying out at least two armed
robberies in south London. Abbas stole tens of thousands of
pounds by leading armed attacks on a transit van and a store, armed with
imitation guns and other weapons.
The self-proclaimed 'role model' was acquitted of two further counts of
conspiracy to commit robbery on other transit vans but was given
sentences of five years and six years for the proven attacks to run
Express and Star,
Hawkins, 21, and Julian Downes, 20, were jailed for ten years and six
years, respectively, after an attempted armed robbery in Walsall,
West Midlands. The men grabbed and threatened a 71-year-old woman with
an imitation gun and a screwdriver
in a corner shop before fleeing empty-handed. Hawkins was also found
guilty of an earlier attempted robbery and received the ten-year
sentence in total.
Summers and Adam Fairbrass have been jailed for eight years each after
admitting conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Summers robbed a post
office in Suffolk, threatening staff with a gun and a knife
before Fairbrass drove the getaway car.
Griffiths, 17, has been jailed for three years and four months after
pleading guilty to robbery and possessing an
imitation firearm. Griffiths and an accomplice held up a post
office in Hulme, Manchester, but fled when a panic alarm was
activated. He was hit by a car as he ran away and lost a trainer, which
police used to trace him along with the imitation handgun which they
Bryce has been jailed for five years after trying to send a firearm from
Bedfordshire to Northern Ireland. Bryce reportedly attempted to
send a handgun in a package that could not be detected by scanning
machines. However officials at East Midlands airport identified the
weapon and the former security guard was arrested in February 2011.
have been jailed following an armed robbery on a pub in Coventry
in September 2011. The group threatened occupants with an
imitation gun and an axe during the
ordeal, attempting to steal cannabis they believed was being grown in
the pub. Welesley Anderson, Damon Beardsmore, Benjamin Patterson and
Ryan Samuels, all aged 21-25, each admitted aggravated burglary and
Anderson also admitted possessing an imitation firearm. Anderson,
Beardsmore and Patterson were each jailed 10 years, while Samuels
received 15 years.
Your Local Guardian,
men were jailed after carrying out an armed robbery in Bromley,
south London. They threatened staff in a money shop with a handgun in
July 2010 and stole cash, but were caught as they attempted to escape.
Clifton Thomas-Bassir, Caniggia Jarrett, Sederick Semko and an unnamed
17-year-old were each found guilty of robbery and possession of a
firearm. Thomas-Bassir was sentenced to 10 years, Jarrett to eight and a
half years, and the teenager received six years. Semko, the only one to
admit guilt, received five and a half years imprisonment.
Kasprzak has been jailed for 20 years for attempted murder after
attacking his girlfriend in Huddersfield in May 2008. Kasprzak
shot the victim twice with a stun gun
before he bound and gagged her, forced her into a cardboard box and
buried her alive. He then took her bank card and withdrew 500 pounds
before being caught at the home of his accomplice, 18-year-old Patryck
Borys, who was sentenced to four and a half years at a young offenders
institute for kidnapping. The victim managed to survive and escape, and
now has sole custody of the son she had with Kasprzak one month before
the attack. He was later given a four year concurrent sentence, and
refused an appeal to shorten this sentence, for having large amounts of
explosives for making dynamite and gunpowder, and instructions for their
which were found at his home during the investigation (Huddersfield
13 May 2013).
Jewell has been jailed for life after murdering a man in St. Osyth,
Essex. Jewell shot the victim with a shotgun
twice in May 2011, causing fatal wounds to the man's abdomen. Jewell
must serve a minimum of 30 years for the murder.
Maguire has been jailed for 11 years after being caught with a firearm,
ammunition and a link to a drug-dealing operation in Wigan.
Maguire and three others were jailed for possessing and dealing a large
amount of cannabis, and their sentences totaled more than 33 years.
Lancashire Evening Post,
Samson has been jailed for four and a half years after firing a gun at a
group of people in Preston. Samson was convicted of possessing a
firearm with intent to endanger life after the gang-related shooting.
Aymen Benkhalifa was previously jailed for seven years after driving
Samson's getaway car. Benkhalifa was found guilty of possessing a
firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Armistead, 74, has been fined and ordered to do unpaid community work
after pleading guilty to firearms charges and possessing illegal poisons
in Ulverston, Cumbria. He held four
shotguns illegally on his farm, in addition to several
'highly toxic' pesticides. Armistead was ordered to carry out 140 hours
of unpaid work and was fined
North West Evening Mail,
Adams has been found guilty of possessing an
air rifle with intent to cause fear of violence. Adams
threatened another man with the airgun in Barrow, Lancashire
after the victim confronted Adams at Adams' home. The incident was the
result of a dispute over the victim's son, who lives with Adams. The
victim reportedly grabbed the loaded weapon and left the house with it
before police got involved.
teenagers have been jailed for trying to murder a man at Harlesden
Tube Station in southeast London in March 2011. The victim escaped
after being shot in the back with a shotgun,
surviving after surgery for wounds in his spine and liver. Jordan
Gabbidon, 17, and Samuel Woods, 16, were jailed indefinitely for
attempted murder and will serve a minimum of six years and three months.
Ola Salu, 18, was sentenced to six years for possession of a firearm in
a public place. The only female member of the group, Chantelle Franklin,
17, was also jailed for six years for possessing a firearm in public and
perverting the course of justice.
Lloyd has been jailed for 18 years after leading a gang of eight in
committing 30 robberies in north London. The other seven men have
also been convicted for their roles and will be sentenced at a later
date. In many of the raids, Lloyd's men were armed with
imitation guns as well as a claw
hammer. Lloyd recruited a former police officer to wear a real
firefighter's uniform during some of the robberies, which apparently
have been jailed for committing a string of armed robberies in
northwest London in July 2011. Jamie Owen, 23, was sentenced to six
years for conspiracy to rob and possession of an
imitation firearm. Aaron Williams, 26, and Luke Barnard,
19, were both jailed for conspiracy to rob and possession of a firearm.
They received six years and six months and four years and six months,
White has been convicted of 11 firearms offences in addition to
producing a controlled drug. White and his partner, who was also guilty
of the drugs charge, were caught growing cannabis on an isolated farm in
Bradford and District Advertiser,
Raza has pleaded guilty to six charges relating to drugs and firearms in
Bradford. Raza admitted possessing a
stun gun and possessing ammunition without a firearms
certificate, in addition to possessing crack cocaine and criminal
Christopher Healey has been convicted of handling four stolen
imitation guns in Middlesbrough.
The stolen weapons were recovered by police following a search, and
Healey was arrested. He was convicted of the charges after failing to
appear in court for his trial.
Scarrott, 22, has been jailed for six and a half years after admitting
armed robbery and possession of an imitation
gun. Scarrott and one other man invaded the home of a
disabled 63-year-old man in Worcester, demanding cash. When they
pistol-whipped and choked the victim he responded by biting one and
hitting the other with a bed-warming pan. Scarrott's DNA was found on
the pan, but his accomplice was not captured.
Davidson, 22, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a
man in Chester in March 2011. Davidson, who owed the victim a
large amount of money, shot him in the chest and stabbed him eight times
in the neck. The killer's girlfriend, 20-year-old Rachel Horton, pleaded
guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years at a young
offenders' institution. Davidson, who had claimed self-defence but was
convicted by a majority verdict, must serve a minimum of 30 years in
Barnet and Whetstone Press,
Hassan, 24, has been jailed for eight years for robbery, possession of a
firearm and possession of crack cocaine. Hassan held up a shop in 2005
with two other men, as the raiders fired a shot before leaving the
store. Hassan escaped to Egypt and then to the United States, where he
was extradited to the UK in November 2011.
were jailed after they were found guilty of conspiring to supply drugs
in Rugby, Warwickshire. John Logue and Anton Dimarino were jailed
for 13 years and ten years, respectively, after additionally being
convicted of possessing a sawn-off shotgun.
Police recovered the illegal weapon during their investigation along
with tear gas, body armour and a large amount of drugs.
STV, 13 January 2012
Hannah, 20, admitted culpably and recklessly firing an
airgun and placing children in a
state of fear. Hannah shot the air weapon at a group of kids in Nairn,
Highland after they threw snowballs at his front door. He initially
threatened the children, aged 12 to 15, by brandishing a knife, then
fired 'warning shots' with the airgun. A judge deferred sentence because
his girlfriend threw him out of the home he had defended.
Nyamaswa, 18, has admitted possessing a firearm and carrying out two
armed robberies in Cardiff. He held up a pair of shops in July
2011, stealing cash and cigarettes.
Daily Post, 12 January 2012
has been jailed for six and a half years for possessing a prohibited
weapon and possessing a shotgun with
intent to cause fear of violence. Guy brandished the sawn-off shotgun in
a club in Rhyl after accidentally firing it in a taxi on the way,
nearly killing the driver. He fled the country following the incident in
July 2011 but was later arrested in Glasgow.