MARCH 2012

Sentences and Convictions

GCN compiles 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.

We know that our information 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 information would be greatly appreciated.  If you have any information about an incident please contact us by email contact@gun-control-network.org.

Please see our explanation of why we highlight incidents involving air weapons.


ENGLAND

Bourne Local, 27 March 2012

Karl Taylor, 26, and Ashley Sorby, 22 have been jailed for eight years each after attacking a man in Hartlepool, County Durham. The pair held an unloaded air rifle to the victim's head and pulled the trigger, in addition to a series of other acts of torture. The perpetrators admitted grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment of the victim, an autistic man who required hospital treatment after the vicious assault.

Bristol Evening Post, 27 March 2012

Ben Chivers, 18, has been sentenced to 18 months in youth detention for possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Chivers threatened staff at a shop in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset with a BB gun after being pursued for apparent theft.

Derby Telegraph, 27 March 2012

Andrew Price, 21, has been sentenced to eight months in a young offender institution for possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Price brandished a BB gun out of a car window in Derby before firing the weapon at a passerby.

BBC News, 26 March 2012

Edward Heffey, Jason Gabbana and Simon Smart have been jailed for life for the murder of a man in Liverpool. The victim was shot in the head with a sawn-off shotgun at a pub he had been lured to. Heffey was jailed for a minimum of 35 years after firing the fatal shot; Gabbana was given at least 33 years after ordering the shooting; and Smart received a minimum of 31 years after luring the victim to the scene. A fourth conspirator, Brian Regan, was sentenced to four years and 10 months after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Wiltshire Times, 24 March 2012

Jade Fenwick, 19, admitted shooting a 15-year-old girl in the eye with a BB gun in Westbury, Wiltshire. The attack resulted in the victim having pain and damaged vision in the eye. Fenwick was ordered to attend aggression and drugs courses, and she was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and pay the victim 100.

Surrey Comet, 24 March 2012

Freddie Beasley, 19, was jailed for five and a half years after pleading guilty to two counts of robbery. Beasley was one of nine people alleged to be working as an organised gang in Battersea, southwest London. The group has been jailed for a total of 56 years.

Birmingham Mail, 23 March 2012

Ionut Nicolae and Vasilica Tirei have been jailed for ten and a half years and nine years, respectively, after being convicted of sex trafficking. A 24-year-old victim was threatened by a gun and 'effectively raped' by clients over a seven-week period in Birmingham after she was brought into the country from Romania and forced into prostitution.

St. Helens Star, 23 March 2012

An inquest determined that a police officer in St. Helens, Merseyside committed suicide in February 2011 after assaulting another officer he was having an affair with. He died after shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.

Harrow Times, 22 March 2012

Glen Phillips has been jailed for six years for carrying out an armed robbery in Edgware, north London. He and an accomplice threatened staff at a bookmakers with a handgun and stole cash. Phillips pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery as well as firearms and offensive weapon offences.

Blackpool Gazette, 22 March 2012

Anthony Wright, 19, Craig Davies, 18, and a 17-year-old admitted carrying out a robbery in South Shore, Blackpool. Wright threatened a shop assistant with an imitation handgun while the other two brandished knives and stole cash and cigarettes. Wright was also guilty of conspiracy to commit another armed robbery along with Russell Hickey, 19, who was additionally charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply.

Lancaster Guardian, 22 March 2012

Liam Parkinson pleaded guilty to possession of a stun gun as well as conspiracy to supply drugs. Parkinson's conviction came as part of a police operation in Lancaster that resulted in a slew of drugs-related arrests and convictions.

Nottingham Post, 21 March 2012

Vandell Wright was jailed for seven years after a loaded handgun, ammunition and drugs were found at his house in Nottingham. Wright pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun, possession of ammunition without a certificate and possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Chad, 21 March 2012

Peter Charnock was jailed for one and a half months after creating a stun gun in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He was convicted of possessing a prohibited firearm as well as handling a stolen laptop and failing to surrender to bail. In addition to time served, he was given a community order of 12 months.

Cornish Guardian, 21 March 2012

John Bellman has been given a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation gun, a knife and drugs in Newquay, Cornwall. Bellman was given a four-month curfew and his 12-month suspended sentence means he must stay out of further trouble or will face 22 weeks in jail.

Stourbridge News, 20 March 2012

Ravi Taware, 21, has been jailed five years and four months after carrying out an armed robbery at a post office in Stourbridge, West Midlands. Taware threatened a member of staff with an imitation handgun but fled empty-handed. He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.

Lincolnshire Echo, 20 March 2012

Dale Melling has been jailed for five years after being caught with a stun gun at his home in Cherry Willingham, Lincolnshire. Melling, who had been released early from a four-year jail term for supplying cocaine, was convicted of possessing a disguised firearm as the taser weapon was disguised as a mobile phone.

Bristol Evening Post, 19 March 2012

Jason Martin was jailed for three and a half years after threatening police with a BB gun in Bristol. Martin, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, fired pellets at them through a toilet door before being captured. He pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Liverpool Echo, 17 March 2012

A gang from Merseyside has been convicted of possessing firearms and causing criminal damage with intent to endanger life. Tony Downes and Kirk Bradley were sentenced to a minimum of 22 years, Gary Wilson was jailed for 16 years, Craig Riley was given 14 years and Joseph Farrell was handed a 12-year sentence. Downes and Bradley previously escaped prison while in transport (see 20 July of July Incidents). Downes was recaptured but Bradley remained on the run until after the trial, when he was located and captured in Amsterdam (Metro, 5 April 2012).

Evening Chronicle, 17 March 2012

Joe Foster, 20, has been jailed for one year after threatening council officers with an air pistol in Throckley, Tyne and Wear. Foster pointed the gun at the three victims from close range after they discovered a cannabis plant in his garden, and he then fled with the plant before being captured by police. He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Nottingham Post, 17 March 2012

James Wilkinson has been fined and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work after he threatened a lorry driver with an imitation gun in Newark, Nottinghamshire. Wilkinson, an off-duty RAF member at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to affray and surrendered a BB gun loaded with plastic pellets. He will face further disciplinary action from the RAF and was also ordered to pay 800.

Express and Star, 15 March 2012

Timothy Francis, 23, has been jailed for seven and a half years after being convicted of possessing a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition. Francis, who was on licence from prison after early release from three attempted armed robberies, was caught with the illegal weapon and cartridges in Wolverhampton.

Lancashire Telegraph, 14 March 2012

An inquest found that a man took his own life with a single gunshot wound to the head in Burnley, Lancashire. Police noted the victim acquired two handguns and a rifle from his father-in-law, who had been a member of a gun club and had gun permits. However, the victim did not legally own the firearms at the time of his death.

Peterborough Today, 13 March 2012

David Caley and Daniel Robertson have been jailed for seven and a half years and seven years, respectively, after carrying out an armed robbery in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. Caley, who served as the getaway driver, was convicted of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Robertson was sent to a young offenders' institute for the same charges. A third conspirator was never caught following the robbery. 

Derby Telegraph, 12 March 2012

An inquest heard that a man shot and killed himself in Carsington Water, Derbyshire. He reportedly killed himself with a shotgun blast to his torso.

Cambridge News, 12 March 2012

Benjamin Keady, 20, has been jailed for three years after admitting robbery and possession of cannabis. Keady and his brother-in-law broke into a house in Cambridge and threatened a victim with an airgun. However, the victim grabbed the gun and stymied the attack. Keady, who already has convictions for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, wounding, grievous bodily harm, battery and assaulting a police officer, was caught by police, but the other perpetrator reportedly escaped and fled back to Jamaica.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 10 March 2012

Afzal Arif, 23, has been found guilty of murdering a man in Chapeltown, Leeds during the August 2011 riots. Arif shot the victim in the face and neck with 85 shotgun pellets from a sawn-off shotgun. Another man, Sohail Mahmood, 23, was found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after he reportedly helped Arif identify the victim before the shooting.

This is Wiltshire, 9 March 2012

Mathew Bastin has been given a community order and was released after being convicted of purchasing two illegal stun guns. Bastin's home had been raided after police received information that he had a history of harassing ex-girlfriends and possessed several items relating to an intent to kidnap. He apparently purchased the second stun gun days after being arrested for stalking his ex and having a similar weapon. Bastin, who pleaded guilty to two counts of buying or acquiring prohibited weapons, will not serve jail time but cannot enter Surrey or leave the country for three years.

Portsmouth News, 8 March 2012

Paul Birch and Tegwen Owen have been jailed for three and a half years each after being caught running a cannabis factory in Gosport, Hampshire. Police that raided their home recovered shotgun cartridges in addition to the drugs.

Your Local Guardian, 8 March 2012

Awhan Edani has been jailed for two and a half years after threatening two victims at gunpoint in their home in Surbiton, southwest London. Edani used the internet to pose as a buyer for two mobile phones and pulled the gun when the sellers invited him to their home. Edani was convicted of two counts of robbery and one of possession of a firearm or imitation firearm.

Cambridge News, 8 March 2012

Chris Boulton pleaded guilty to possessing a stun gun in Saffron Walden, Essex. Boulton's punishment for keeping the prohibited firearm was a fine of 200.

Southwark News, 8 March 2012

Joel Miles has been jailed for five years after being caught with a loaded sawn-off shotgun in Rotherhithe, southeast London. Miles was also caught with ammunition, CS gas and drugs.

Wharf, 7 March 2012

Jeffrey Anamo, 21, has been jailed for 10 years after being caught with a loaded shotgun and drugs. Anamo was caught in Beckton, east London with the loaded gun, cartridges and body armour, while police also found heroin in his home.  

Asian Image, 7 March 2012

Stephen Bell, 24, and Ryan Baker, 19, have been jailed for seven and a half years and seven years, respectively, after threatening a man at gunpoint in Bradford. Police arrested the men for the robbery and found a cache including a sawn-off shotgun, ammunition and a loaded pistol. Bell admitted illegal possession of the weapons while both men pleaded guilty to robbery.

Gloucestershire Echo, 7 March 2012

Steven Jones has been jailed for two years and two months for possessing a stun gun and drugs. Police raided Jones' home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and recovered the illegal weapon in addition to a large quantity of cocaine.

Hackney Hive, 7 March 2012

Anthony Malone and Ranjit Gorja have been found guilty of kidnapping and torturing two victims in Stoke Newington, east London. Malone, an ex-para trooper who fled to Afghanistan and was extradited back to the UK, was convicted of two counts of kidnap, two counts of false imprisonment and two counts of actual bodily harm. Gorja was convicted of two counts of actual bodily harm. Gorja and the ex-soldier Malone brutally attacked the victims in a number of ways including threatening one victim with what he believed was a gun.

Western Morning News, 6 March 2012

Craig Lane has been given a community order for criminal damage, possession of an air rifle and possession of a pickaxe handle after he attacked a car belonging to his ex-partner's new boyfriend. Lane was carrying the air rifle when he smashed a window of the car. He was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

Kensington and Chelsea Chronicle, 6 March 2012

James Reynolds has been given an 18-month community service order after admitting possession of a firearm. Reynolds was seen in public with a gun before police caught him with an airgun, CS gas and a blade in Notting Hill, west London. He admitted possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of an offensive weapon.

Bradford and District Advertiser, 6 March 2012

Andrew Hunter pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded shotgun in a public place. Hunter carried the weapon into a street in Baildon, West Yorkshire, where he was seen by a member of the public who said she then heard two shots fired.  

Sunderland Echo, 5 March 2012

Anthony Schofield has been jailed for 12 months after admitting theft of airguns. Schofield stole air pistols from a garden centre in Murton, County Durham to pay off a drugs debt.  

Sheffield Telegraph, 5 March 2012

Mandy Mottram has been given a conditional discharge after admitting possessing a shotgun without a certificate in Staveley, Derbyshire. Mottram found the gun left by her ex-partner and tried to sell it, before police were contacted since she did not have a firearms certificate.

Staffordshire Newsletter, 3 March 2012

An inquest determined that a man took his own life with a shotgun in Bishops Offley, Staffordshire. Although the victim's family suggested the death could have been an accident since the victim regularly carried the gun without the safety, the investigation determined the shooting was intentional.

Metro, 2 March 2012

Nathan Hamilton has been convicted of manslaughter after killing his friend, a 17-year-old victim, in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Hamilton accidentally shot the boy in the chest with a shotgun, and the victim was unable to recover after being rushed to hospital.

Daily Express, 2 March 2012

Patrick Doyle, 71, has been given a 12-week suspended sentence for causing unnecessary suffering after shooting a cat from close range with an air rifle. Doyle baited the animal into a cage because it was digging up his garden in Bedfordshire. He then shot it and left it thrashing about the cage before a neighbour finally freed it.

Eastbourne Herald, 1 March 2012

An inquest heard that a depressed man killed himself with a shotgun in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The victim reportedly had a gun licence that was suspended in 2010 but given back to him. He was found with fatal head injuries at his home in August 2011.

BBC News, 1 March 2012

John Otugade, 19, Christopher N'Jie, 19, and Errol Jeffrey, 29, have been found guilty of murder after they shot a bouncer in north London. The victim had angered the assailants by refusing to allow a group to enter the club where he worked; three weeks later, they shot the victim twice in the head outside his house.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 1 March 2012

Adrian Robertson has been jailed for seven years after police recovered a handgun, ammunition and drugs from his home in Leeds. Robertson pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm, two offences of possessing expanding ammunition, and two further drugs charges.

The Advertiser, 1 March 2012

Glen Graham has been jailed for six years after a firearm from his gun collection turned up at the scene of a crime in County Durham. The weapon was a modified sawn-off shotgun which Graham illegally kept along with ammunition and rifle components.

West Briton, 1 March 2012

Ricci Harvey, 21, has been jailed for five years for possessing an imitation gun in Cornwall. Police had recovered the weapon from his home along with a blank cartridge.

Daily Echo, 1 March 2012

Kieran Bunday, 24, has been jailed for three years after he threatened a boy with an air rifle and knife and raped him in Bournemouth. Bunday was found guilty of four charges of rape, two of sexual assault, two of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and one of indecency with a child.

Somerset Standard, 1 March 2012

Scott Doel has been jailed for three years and Lloyd Jones for two years and eight months after the pair each shot someone with an airgun in Somerset. Both men fired shots from the weapon, striking the victim in his back and his right eye. Hospital treatment was unsuccessful in salvaging the victim's sight in the affected eye. Doel and Jones pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a firearm while committing an offence. Doel also admitted common assault.

Express and Star, 1 March 2012

Christopher Loveridge has been jailed for one year and nine months for possessing a prohibited weapon in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Police recovered a stun gun after raiding Loveridge's home and charged him with possessing the illegal firearm.

Blackburn Citizen, 1 March 2012

Pawel Szymczak has been jailed for one year and four months after admitting possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of cannabis. Szymczak brandished an imitation handgun five times to members of the public in Blackburn, Preston.

 


SCOTLAND

BBC News, 21 March 2012

Shane McGrath has been jailed for four years and four months after accidentally shooting and killing a family friend in Paisley. McGrath pleaded guilty to culpable homicide after he fired a shotgun at a 21-year-old victim, fatally shooting him in the chest.

Shetland News, 7 March 2012

Roderick Nicolson has been given a community order after threatening to raid an oil terminal with a shotgun in Shetland. Nicolson, an apparent shotgun owner who argued in court that he suffers from mental illness, has been diagnosed with depression and misunderstood the seriousness of this threat as well as a previous threat he made, was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

Edinburgh Evening News, 2 March 2012

Christopher Petterson admitted assaulting two women by brandishing an imitation firearm. He and another armed man threatened the victims in Edinburgh and stole cash. Petterson was caught after he looked at a security camera and was recognised by police.

Scottish Sun, 1 March 2012

Mo Siddique, Tencho Andonov and Deyan Nikolov were convicted of murder after Siddique ordered the execution of his brother in Fife. He paid the others to carry out the murder, while Andonov, who pulled the trigger on the fatal blast that killed Siddique's brother, was also convicted of a attempted murder of a second man also present. Mo Siddique was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years, Andonov for at least 29 years and Nikolov for at least 18 years (Stirling Observer, 28 March 2012).


WALES

South Wales Argus, 1 March 2012

Connor Davies, 18, has been jailed for one year and four months for inflicting grievous bodily harm after he shot a 12-year-old boy with an airgun in Newport. Davies shot at the victim from his bedroom window and hit him in the eye with a pellet, permanently removing most visibility.

 

 

 

 

 

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