JUNE 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

Haverhill Echo, 28 June 2012

Christopher Line has been jailed for life after being found guilty of two counts of murder. Line used a shotgun to shoot and kill two men on a travellers' site in Suffolk. Police discovered the victims, aged 20 and 29, dead from multiple gunshot wounds with one left lying inside a car that was on fire and the other nearby. 

Birmingham Mail, 28 June 2012

Lamar Salmon has been jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of wounding and possessing a firearm with intent. Salmon shot a teenager in Birmingham in the leg after chasing him through the busy city centre on Boxing Day of 2011. 

Peterborough Telegraph, 28 June 2012

Mark Chapman has been jailed for five years after shooting his father with an air rifle in Peterborough. The pellet narrowly missed the victim's heart, and he survived after undergoing emergency surgery. Chapman also reportedly harassed his ex-partner and fired the gun into the air on the streets of the town the same evening. Chapman pleaded guilty to wounding, breaching a harassment order and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent.

Bath Chronicle, 28 June 2012

George Davies-Ball and Samuel Bryant have been jailed for five years each after robbing a betting shop and a bank in Wiltshire. The pair threatened victims, including a pregnant woman, with an airgun in the two robberies. Both men pled guilty to two robberies and two firearm offences.

Dorchester People, 28 June 2012

Robert Newnham, 79, has been jailed for five years for attempted robbery. After completing a five-year sentence for previously robbing a local bank, he attempted to hold up a post office in Dorchester, telling staff he had a gun and demanding money. Newnham was arrested and no weapon was found.

Grimsby Telegraph, 27 June 2012

George Wilkinson has been jailed for seven years after he threatened to kill his ex-partner in Grimsby, Hull. Wilkinson reportedly sent threatening messages to his ex-wife and their daughter in which he vowed to kill the elder woman and himself. Meanwhile, Wilkinson acquired two shotguns, shortened their barrels, sought lessons in loading and shooting the firearms, and recorded suicide messages before police arrested him. Wilkinson pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and making threats to kill. 

The Citizen, 26 June 2012

Anthony Bennett pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation gun, a knife and drugs in Glocester. Bennett was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 60 hours of unpaid work. 

East London and West Essex Guardian, 26 June 2012

Granville Freckleton and Otis Lewis have been jailed for 12 years and 11 years, respectively, after being found guilty of three counts of possession of a firearm, two counts of possessing ammunition, one count of possessing expandable bullets and possession of drugs. The men lived together in Woodford Green, east London, where police raided their home and recovered the weapons, including three loaded handguns. 

Stroud News and Journal, 26 June 2012

An inquest found that William Young, 82, shot himself dead in Middle Lypiatt, Gloucestershire. Young shot himself in the head with a single-barrelled shotgun at his home. 

Shields Gazette, 26 June 2012

Kristen Brown has been ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work after admitting possession of a taser gun and production of cannabis in South Tyneside. He was reportedly caught carrying cannabis seedlings in public, and police then found plants and the illegal firearm at his home.

The Sentinel, 23 June 2012

Robert Court, Darren Duggan and Warren Jackson have been jailed for robbing security guards at a supermarket in Trent Vale, Staffordshire. The two victims believed the men had a gun when they threatened them and escaped in a stolen car. Court was jailed for seven years and four months, Jackson for seven years and Duggan for four years and eight months. 

Sunderland Echo, 23 June 2012

Andrew Blake has been jailed for three months after admitting possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing a firearm without a certificate. Blake was caught with an air rifle and a stun gun in South Hetton, County Durham. 

Blackpool Gazette, 22 June 2012

Timothy Daly has been jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of a bladed weapon. Daly held up a jewellers in Clevelys, Lancashire with a replica pistol and a knife, fleeing after an altercation with the store owner and eventually being tracked down by forensic evidence.

Hull Daily Mail, 22 June 2012

Stuart Thacker has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid community work after he threatened others with an air rifle in his pub in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire. Thacker pleaded guilty to affray and possessing a false identity document.  

Hackney Gazette, 20 June 2012

Scott White has been jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to common assault and possession of a firearm, ammunition and drugs with intent to supply in Hackney, east London. Police executing a warrant found a handgun, live ammunition and drugs in White's home, recovering the drugs as he attempted to discard them upon their arrival. 

Malvern Gazette, 20 June 2012

Alan Waggott has been jailed for three months after pleading guilty to carrying an imitation firearm in a public place in Worcester. Waggott was caught driving drunk while his passengers reportedly fired a BB gun at another car.

Hull Daily Mail, 18 June 2012

Lee Ollet has been jailed for two years and two months after pleading guilty to attempted robbery in Hull. Ollet attempted to rob a bookmakers with an imitation gun he created, but the fake firearm did not fool his victim. Ollet then fled the store, but was arrested nearby. 

The Visitor, 17 June 2012

Anthony and Jason Diprose were jailed for 16 years after being caught with weapons and drugs in Preston. The men reportedly led a drugs-dealing network and were also caught with firearms, including a taser gun

Nottingham Post, 16 June 2012

Craig Phillips has been jailed for eight years after he and one other man carried out an armed raid in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire. Phillips reportedly abducted a sub-postmaster at gunpoint in an effort to gain access to a post office's safe. Phillips admitted kidnap, attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm

Evening Gazette, 16 June 2012

Paul Venis has been jailed for three years after admitting possession of an imitation pistol and drugs. Venis' home in Teeside was reportedly shot  with a shotgun blast, and in response he armed himself with a replica pistol. Police caught him in a taxi with the firearm and a quantity of cocaine.

Worcester News, 16 June 2012

Alan Waggot has been jailed for three months after pleading guilty to carrying an imitation firearm in a public place. He was arrested in Worcester and also admitted drink-driving after police followed him when they received reports of a car being hit by a pellet from a BB gun.

Blackpool Gazette, 13 June 2012

Jacob Williamson, 20, has been jailed for eight years after threatening youths with an imitation gun and a hunting knife in Blackpool. Williamson reportedly carried out two muggings, robbing four teenage boys on one occasion and attempting to rob a man who was able to flee after Williamson attacked him. 

Evening Standard, 11 June 2012

Mohammed Ismail has been jailed for six years after being caught with two assault rifles. Police found the prohibited weapons at his home in Edmonton, north London.

Swindon Advertiser, 11 June 2012

Mario Mazzotta has been jailed for five years for possession of a firearm and possession with intent to supply drugs. Mazzotta is part of a group of 15 people sent to prison as a result of a drugs operation around Swindon.

Chester First, 11 June 2012

Robert Reynolds was fined after pleading guilty to possession of ammunition for a firearm. Reynolds was caught storing two live bullets in his cupboard in Chester and was fined 300. Reynolds had previously been cautioned for possessing a firearm in a public place after he was caught concealing an air rifle down his jacket in Abergele, North Wales.

The Sun, 8 June 2012

Six gang members were convicted of riot, arson and firearms possession with intent to endanger life following the riots in Birmingham in 2011. The criminals, aged 17 to 26, were held responsible for at least 12 shots fired at a police helicopter and officers. They were each jailed at least 12 years.

Herald Series, 8 June 2012

Luke Alford has been convicted of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing drugs with intent to supply. He fired an airgun out of his window at a passing taxi in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and police found a large supply of drugs at his home.

Virtual Lancaster, 8 June 2012

Dominick Garside and Christopher Garside have been jailed for six years each after carrying out an armed robbery in Lancaster. The brothers threatened staff at a building society with an imitation gun before stealing cash, but were caught soon thereafter in Wales.

Harrow Observer, 7 June 2012

Henley Stephenson has been jailed for 14 years after being convicted of 19 counts of robbery and five counts of possessing a firearm -- a semi-automatic pistol -- in Harrow, north London. Two of Stephenson's accomplices, Leon Topper and Dean Williams, were jailed for eight years and six years, respectively, for their role in the string of robberies.

Mobile News, 6 June 2012

A gang of university students have been jailed for robbing a string of retail stores in Hertfordshire, Essex and London. The perpetrators reportedly used a stun gun and knives as they assaulted staff during the robberies. The three ringleaders, students at the University of Hertfordshire, were each jailed at least six years.

Nottingham Post, 6 June 2012

Leonard Ward has been jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to possessing a sub-machine gun and ammunition in Nottingham, in addition to drugs charges. The firearm is legal to own when deactivated, but Ward adapted it to fire. 

The Star, 2 June 2012

Liam Winter admitted possessing an offensive weapon and drugs after a large-scale police operation in Sheffield resulted in 16 cannabis growers sentenced. Winter was found in possession of an illegal stun gun in addition to cannabis plants.

Shields Gazette, 1 June 2012

Aaron Teasdale, 19, and a 17-year-old girl have been jailed indefinitely after they attacked a disabled man in South Shields, Tyne and Wear.  The pair left the victim in intensive care after beating him, burning him and shooting him with a BB gun, apparently in pursuit of his benefit check. Both assailants admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Click Manchester, 1 June 2012

Anthony Horrocks has been jailed indefinitely after pleading guilty to three counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and four counts of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Horrocks committed all the robberies in the Greater Manchester area before being captured by police.

Hucknall Dispatch, 1 June 2012

Darren James has been jailed for 15 years after police found an explosive chemical, weapons and a stolen car at his flat in Bulwell, Nottingham. In addition to the dangerous chemical and car, police recovered an illegal shotgun, an air rifle, ammunition and stolen knives and axes.

Swindon Advertiser, 1 June 2012

Peter Wheeler and Tommy Ellingham have been jailed for 15 years and eight years, respectively after carrying out a series of armed robberies, the last of which was in Chiseldon, Swindon. In the final attack they reportedly threatened a shop attendant with a BB gun.

Leicester Mercury, 1 June 2012

Curtis West has been jailed for 12 months after assaulting his neighbour with a gun in Leicester. West struck the victim, who he accused of stealing his mobile phone, with a gun, causing him to require stitches. West admitted causing actual bodily harm.

Daily Record, 1 June 2012

James Adams has been jailed for five years after being caught with weapons in his car in Edinburgh. Officers found him in possession of a knife, a stun gun and CS gas. 

Mirror, 1 June 2012

Kerri Wood pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and possessing a hunting knife after an incident in Hull. Wood reportedly brandished a handgun and fired multiple shots at a police officer before she was tackled and arrested by the officer. 


SCOTLAND

STV, 21 June 2012

Ross Hind admitted illegally possessing an imitation gun in East Dunbartonshire. Hind was caught with a replica firearm outside the Celtic Football Club training ground.


WALES

Leader Live, 18 June 2012

Damien Lloyd has been jailed for seven and a half years after pleading guilty to drugs offences and possessing a stun gun. Police recovered the firearm when they raided Lloyd's home in Mold, Flintshire as a result of a drugs investigation. 

 

 

 

 

 

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