APRIL 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

Surrey Comet, 28 April 2012

Michael Ward, 20, admitted robbing a computer store in Kingston, Surrey. Ward used an imitation machine gun to threaten staff before escaping with cash.

Spenborough Guardian, 27 April 2012

Four men were jailed for holding a man hostage in Batley, West Yorkshire. They threatened the victim with a gun and held him for 17 hours. Cainan Jerome, 20, was sentenced to eight years for false imprisonment and possessing a pistol. Jamie Wadsworth, 18, was jailed for five years for false imprisonment, possessing a firearm and drugs. Elijah Jerome, 21, was handed six and a half years for false imprisonment and possessing a sawn-off shotgun. Ian Morris, 40, was jailed for three years for possessing a stun gun and drugs.

Times Series, 27 April 2012

Adrian Bledea, 22, was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm. Bledea and two others robbed a post office in Barnet, north London, assaulting an elderly shopkeeper and stealing cash and stamps.

Salisbury Journal, 26 April 2012

Luke Wort, 16, has been given an 18-month youth rehabilitation order after threatening younger boys with a BB gun on two occasions in Salisbury. Wort pointed the replica firearm at two 13-year-old boys, stealing the mobile phone of one of the victims.

The Post, 26 April 2012

Morris Clarke, Adrian Gough and Darren Edge have been jailed for firearm and drugs offences after the trio were caught with a loaded handgun and a large supply of drugs. Clarke was sentenced to 15 years, while Gough was jailed for six years and eight months and Edge received five years and four months.

Bury Free Press, 25 April 2012

James Jerrold, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a shotgun without a certificate. Jerrold kept the illegal guns at a caravan in Barningham, Suffolk where he was caught by police. Jerrold was given a suspended sentence in a Young Offenders' Institution, ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and fined 667.

The Citizen, 25 April 2012

Kelton Mann admitted possessing three illegal stun guns after police found the weapons at his home in Gloucester. His partner Krystle Goddard also pleaded guilty to possessing CS spray, and both were guilty of cultivating cannabis. Mann and Goddard were ordered to do 250 and 80 hours of unpaid work, respectively.

Waltham Forest News, 23 April 2012

Tyrone Tassell has been jailed for seven years and six months for attempted robbery and possessing a loaded firearm in Walthamstow, east London. Tassell tried to ditch his loaded shotgun on a children's playground while fleeing from police, but he was caught and the weapon recovered.

This is Bristol, 21 April 2012

Paulo Mastro and Mamasses Sousa have been jailed for six and five years respectively for an armed robbery at a restaurant in Clifton, Bristol. Both men pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm and  possession of an offensive weapon.

Pendle Today, 21 April 2012

Donna Sherwin has been jailed for seven months after pulling a knife on her ex partner who allegedly threatened her with a gun in Nelson, Lancashire. The victim allegedly told her he had a shotgun down his pants before an altercation ensued.

Western Daily Press, 21 April 2012

Jason Martin admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and intent to supply drugs. Martin fired multiple shots from a BB gun at police officers in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Express and Star, 20 April 2012

Nathan Hamilton has been jailed for 12 years after he shot and killed a 17-year-old in Wolverhampton. Hamilton, convicted of manslaughter, apparently accidentally blasted the victim in the chest while the gang both men belonged to planned a revenge attack.

Hull Daily Mail, 20 April 2012

Gordon Houlden was given a suspended prison sentence after admitting unlawfully wounding a victim in Hull. Houlden shot a 12-year-old boy with an air rifle when he fired the gun out of his bathroom window at the victim and his friends. The boy required surgery to remove the pellet but survived the shooting. Houlden was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay the victim 1,500 compensation.

Your Local Guardian, 19 April 2012

Anthony McCalla, 20, Nathaniel Grant, 21, and Kazeem Kolawole, 19, were convicted of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm after their murder plot to kill a gang rival resulted in a five-year-old girl being shot in Stockwell, south London. Grant, who pulled the trigger, was jailed for 17 years, while McCalla and Kolawole were sentenced to 14 years. The victim of the shooting was left paralysed from the waist down.

Your Local Guardian, 19 April 2012

Clayton McCalman has been jailed for ten years after admitting possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing ammunition with intent to enable another to endanger life. McCalman was caught with a loaded semi-automatic pistol in Mitcham, south London.

The Star, 18 April 2012

A 16-year-old boy has been given a six-month rehabilitation order after he shot a nine-year-old girl in the face with a BB gun in Yorkshire. The teenager reportedly held a gun to the girl's head and then shot her as she ran away, hoping to steal money and a bicycle. He admitted possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and common assault.

Plymouth Herald, 17 April 2012

Philip Cowan pleaded guilty to common assault, damaging personal property and affray, though he denied possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear. The charges come after Cowan assaulted another man in Plymouth -- despite admitting the above charges and apparently wielding a  replica rifle, Cowan denies he threatened the victim with it before he assaulted him.

Harrow Observer, 16 April 2012

Robert Shorter as been jailed for seven years for having a loaded gun in public. Shorter was convicted of possession of a firearm and ammunition after he was caught with a loaded converted Olympic pistol in Northolt, west London.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 15 April 2012

John Payne, 18, has been sent to a young offenders institution for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of cannabis with intent to supply. Police found an antique revolver hidden among Payne's drugs supply when they executed a search warrant at his home in Leeds.

Coventry Telegraph, 14 April 2012

Aaron Collins and Richard Challenor have been jailed for ten years and eight years, respectively, after carrying out an attempted armed robbery in Stratford, West Midlands. The men reportedly threatened security guards at a bank with an imitation gun and sledgehammer.

Malvern Gazette, 14 April 2012

Two 17-year-old boys were ordered to work with a Youth Offending Service after they admitted possessing imitation firearms and knives. The teenagers drunkenly fired BB guns out of a car and took the guns and a machete to a house party in Worcester. No one was hit by the pellets they fired although one driver's car was hit as he drove past them.

The Enquirer, 13 April 2012

Roger Aiken has been jailed a minimum of 15 years after being found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a firearm. Aiken shot a man with a handgun in Barking, east London, injuring the victim in the head and arm. The victim continues to suffer following the attack in August 2011, and he has been left permanently blind in one eye.

Oxford Times, 13 April 2012

Antonio Jones has been given a hospital order under the Mental Health Act after being convicted of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possessing cannabis and theft. Jones waved the fake gun at passers-by in Oxford, threatening members of the public and passing traffic.

The Sentinel, 12 April 2012

Imran Aslam has been jailed for three years for his role in an armed robbery in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent. Aslam admitted armed robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.

News Shopper, 11 April 2012

Owen Roberts has been handed a community order after he threatened his girlfriend with an imitation firearm in Erith, southeast London. Roberts reportedly pointed the gun at the victim and verbally threatened to kill her. The ruling judge cited Roberts' mental health as the reason for not imprisoning him for the guilty charge of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

St Helens Reporter, 11 April 2012

Christopher Strettle has been convicted of murdering his best friend in Prescot, Merseyside. Strettle shot the victim in the chest before his wife, Lesley, disposed of the murder weapon. She pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and possessing a banned firearm. Strettle reportedly used a handgun in the attack (Liverpool Echo, 30 March 2012).

Lancashire Evening Post, 11 April 2012

Daniel Nicholls has been jailed for ten years and ten months after shooting a man in Preston, Lancashire. Nicholls shot and injured the victim with a handgun, and he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Worcester News, 11 April 2012

Callum Bradford and John Cary, each aged 17, both pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing a bladed weapon. The pair threatened a man in Worcester with a BB gun, a machete and a stanley knife.

Bournemouth Echo, 11 April 2012

Nasir Demir has been jailed for seven years after taking part in an armed robbery in Bournemouth, Dorset. Demir, who admitted robbery, was one of three men who bound, blindfolded and threatened a shop owner with what turned out to be an imitation gun.

This is Wiltshire, 6 April 2012

Paul Muller has been jailed for ten years after taking his son hostage in 2001 and then going on the run. Police arrested him for a domestic dispute in Swindon when he held his son hostage at knifepoint, also possessing an imitation handgun. He falsely claimed he had a bomb and used his son as a human shield from police. After police eventually captured him, Muller skipped bail and was caught in December 2010 after he took a second son hostage in Cambridgeshire.

Birmingham Mail, 6 April 2012

Keane Pullen has been jailed for 12 years after carrying out four armed robberies in Birmingham. Pullen threatened to shoot a 'heavily pregnant bank cashier' and wielded a knife in other assaults before being eventually being arrested and linked to the crimes.

Kidderminster Shuttle, 5 April 2012

Thomas Loveridge, 21, has been jailed for 21 days for breaching a court order and will face a further burglary charge after allegedly stealing items from a store in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Loveridge is charged with the burglary of a store in which an air rifle, electrical goods and cash were stolen.

Swindon Advertiser, 5 April 2012

Owen Bygraves, Lewis Hicks and Samuel Ackah have been jailed for seven, eight and ten years, respectively, after being found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The trio entered a home in Swindon and assaulted a woman using a stun gun and a dog chain.

West Briton, 5 April 2012

Travis Hughes, 20, has been ordered to do unpaid work and given a suspended sentence after cutting himself and another man over his relationship. Police shot Hughes three times with a stun gun to subdue him, before arresting and convicting him of affray and common assault.

Redhill and Reigate Life, 4 April 2012

Jonathan Haynes and Trevor Mair have been jailed for 14 years and nine years, respectively, after robbing a customer at a bank in Kensington, west London. The pair intercepted an aide carrying money for the Saudi Royal Family and held him at gunpoint, stealing 2 million in cash.

Essex County Standard, 4 April 2012

Nathan Dobkin has been jailed for nine years for armed robbery. Dobkin threatened staff with an imitation firearm in Clacton, Essex and escaped with cash. A month later, he broke into a house in Dovercourt, Essex and stole a car.

Telegraph and Argus, 4 April 2012

Jonathon Withey, 19, has been jailed for one year and eight months after assaulting a man with an imitation firearm in Bradford. Withey held the imitation pistol to the throat of a man queueing for a nightclub, before putting the gun away and then being captured by nightclub staff.

Burnley Express, 3 April 2012

Four men have been jailed for three armed robberies in Burnley and Bolton. Rais Atcha, 20, was jailed for 12 years; Baber Khan, 25, was jailed for ten years and eight months; Fahim Kola, 19, was given 10 years; and Mohammed Khan, 26, was sentenced to nine years and four months. The group used a gun and an axe to rob a jewellers and two houses between February and May 2011.

Racing Post, 3 April 2012

Martin Reilly has been jailed for a minimum of 12 years after carrying out a string of armed robberies in Northamptonshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Bedfordshire, London and Essex. Reilly pleaded guilty to seven armed robberies, one attempted armed robbery and seven counts of possession of a firearm.

Brighton and Hove News, 3 April 2012

Colin Priske has been jailed for seven years for firearms and drugs charges in Brighton. Police executed a warrant at Priske's address and found a sawn-off shotgun with ammunition as well as amphetamines.

Stourbridge News, 2 April 2012

A group of seven men have been jailed for armed robberies in West Midlands. Waheed Zaman was jailed for ten years; Imran Zaman and Ryan Jones were sentenced to nine years each; Levi Melbourne, Lewis Richards and Larry Barnett were given six and a half years each; and Qaiser Rashid was jailed for five years. The gang was reportedly armed with a handgun, stun gun, machete and home-made battering ram as they robbed three jewellery shops, a bookmakers and a series of homes.

BBC News, 2 April 2012

Janno Heinola has been jailed for nine years for his role in a series of armed robberies. Heinola is reportedly the final member of an eight-person gang responsible for 11 raids across England involving imitation firearms. Heinola pleaded guilty to robbery and firearm offences in Leeds in an incident that took place in 2005.

Bedfordshire News, 2 April 2012

Robertas Jonaitis, 21, and Aurelius Ramanauskas, 24, have been handed community orders of nine months and 12 months, respectively after accidentally firing an air rifle in Luton. The pair were reportedly firing two air rifles in a back garden when one accidentally struck a neighbour's window, causing damage valued at 670.

Worcester News, 2 April 2012

A man has been given a 12-month community order and ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm. The man had been battling depression and had threatened suicide, reportedly wandered around Evesham, Worcestershire with the gun and contemplated robbing a bank. Eventually he handed himself in to police and confessed what he had intended to do.


SCOTLAND

BBC News, 26 April 2012

James Adams was convicted of possessing a a stun gun in Kilmarnock. Adams was caught with the weapon in his car, along with a knife and CS gas. Adams pled guilty to firearms charges and possessing a knife in public.

Scotsman, 19 April 2012

Christine Robertson was convicted of harbouring a criminal while she worked as a prison officer in Perthshire. Police found the pair naked in bed and used a stun gun to subdue the convicted criminal, who was armed with a knife, before arresting Robertson.

STV, 10 April 2012

Callum Flood admitted illegally possessing a firearm disguised as another object after police arrested him for firing a stun gun at a friend in Dundee. The ruling judge decided to defer the mandatory five-year sentence for a year following the incident.


WALES

Tivy-Side Advertiser, 26 April 2012

Ian Taylor pleaded guilty to possessing a sawn-off shotgun and drugs in Llwyndafydd. Police found the weapon and cannabis resin at his home, and Taylor was given two years' conditional discharge as well as a fine of 200.

Daily Post, 20 April 2012

Bryan Allen has been jailed for two and a half years after keeping a woman in a flat against her will all night in Rhyl. Allen threatened the victim by holding a knife to her throat and a BB gun to her head.

Cambrian News, 19 April 2012

Alan Owen has been fined after pleading guilty to three charges of failing to comply with firearm regulations in Llanbedr, Gwynedd. Two shotguns were apparently stolen from Owen as a result of his failure to keep the firearms under lock and key as regulations stipulate. Owen was fined 3,500.

The Leader, 17 April 2012

Joshua Hughes, 18, was sentenced to 15 months in youth detention after he and a 17-year-old attacked another 17-year-old in Acrefair, Wrexham. Hughes and his friend bound and gagged the victim, locked him in a cupboard, physically beat him and shot him several times at close range with a BB gun.

South Wales Evening Post, 16 April 2012

Anthony Irving has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to possessing a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition in Fforestfach. Irving reportedly intended to kill himself with the weapon after relationship and financial difficulties escalated, and these circumstances led the judge to reduce the mandatory five-year sentence for this offence.

South Wales Argus, 7 April 2012

A group of men were jailed for transporting drugs between Gwent and Reading. Damien Cadogan was sentenced to five years for possession of a firearm and his role in the drugs trafficking.

Daily Post, 6 April 2012

Patrick Lane has been jailed for three years and four months after holding up a shop in Rhyl, Denbighshire with an imitation firearm. Lane, who admitted robbery and possessing an imitation weapon, pointed the gun at staff and stole a single bottle of lager.

Monmouthshire News, 3 April 2012

Greg Searle has been jailed for two years after forcing an eight-hour siege with police in Chepstow. Searle barricaded himself in his bedroom and brandished an imitation handgun as well as a knife, threatening to harm police officers. Officers eventually forced their way into the home and arrested Searle, who was convicted of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear, affray, and a third offence under the malicious communications act.

 

 

 

 

 

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