Ex-soldier faces jail for handing in gun (UK)

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  1. texas1willy2

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    A former soldier who handed a discarded shotgun in to police faces at least five years imprisonment for "doing his duty".

    Paul Clarke, 27, was found guilty of possessing a firearm at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday – after finding the gun and handing it personally to police officers on March 20 this year.

    The jury took 20 minutes to make its conviction, and Mr Clarke now faces a minimum of five year's imprisonment for handing in the weapon.

    In a statement read out in court, Mr Clarke said: "I didn't think for one moment I would be arrested.

    "I thought it was my duty to hand it in and get it off the streets."


    The court heard how Mr Clarke was on the balcony of his home in Nailsworth Crescent, Merstham, when he spotted a black bin liner at the bottom of his garden.

    In his statement, he said: "I took it indoors and inside found a shorn-off shotgun and two cartridges.

    "I didn't know what to do, so the next morning I rang the Chief Superintendent, Adrian Harper, and asked if I could pop in and see him.

    "At the police station, I took the gun out of the bag and placed it on the table so it was pointing towards the wall."

    Mr Clarke was then arrested immediately for possession of a firearm at Reigate police station, and taken to the cells.

    Defending, Lionel Blackman told the jury Mr Clarke's garden backs onto a public green field, and his garden wall is significantly lower than his neighbours.

    He also showed jurors a leaflet printed by Surrey Police explaining to citizens what they can do at a police station, which included "reporting found firearms".

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  2. Texas1911

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    Retarded laws, retarded police force.
     
  3. Big country

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    In a retarded country. Ain't socialism great!
     
  4. DirtyD

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    Coming soon to a neighborhood near you....
     
  5. texas1willy2

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    You have to throw in a 20 minute jury in the mix as well
     
  6. DCortez

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    Fo Sho
     
  7. Libertarian_Longhorn

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    That's funked.
     
  8. TrailDust

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    There are sooooooooo many examples of criminal justice insanity like that from Britain. It's hard to believe sometimes I'm related to those people....:mad0071:
     
  9. Hawghauler

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    I think that is great. Any idiot that would turn in a "found" gun not only deserves jail, he deserves an ass whoopin too. He is a fine example of the limp wristed lemmings that populate a once proud country. I hope the "men" of the country take note of what happens when some spunk gargling gerbil holster obeys the law.
     
  10. cuate

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    Hawg, I'd give a hundred bucks to be able to use the english language as great as you do !!! No beatin' around the bush, no nanny state peecee....Just tell it as you see it.....A real man's quality scarce in the wussified world today...Keep up the good work !!!
     

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