Case against Stephen French

07/06/2013

A 43 year old man pleaded guilty yesterday at Liverpool Crown Court to an offence of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a bladed article.

A 43 year old man pleaded guilty yesterday at Liverpool Crown Court to an offence of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a bladed article.

On Wednesday 27th February 2013 at 13:17 Merseyside Police received a 999 call reporting that Stephen French had pointed a handgun at a male in the public area of the Il Palazzo office building and was making threats towards him.

CCTV footage was seized which showed Stephen French pointing a handgun twice at the male.

Stephen French was later seen that day walking hurriedly close to the railings overlooking the river Mersey and dropping objects into the water.  He was arrested shortly after.

By 4.00 pm that day the water had receded sufficiently for a black handgun to be seen lying on the mud about 6 10 feet from the river wall and was recovered by the police. About 40 minutes later, as the water continued to dry out, a machete could be seen lying on the mud about 20 feet from the location of the handgun, which was also recovered.

Following the defendants arrest, a car that he had been travelling in that day was searched and on the back seat of the car, the police found an empty box which upon examination was for an imitation firearm.  A knife sheath was also recovered.

The handgun recovered from the river bed was examined and found to be an imitation firearm of a type that matched the description on the empty box recovered from the car.

The police traced the purchase of this gun to the Defendant earlier that morning.  The gun was forensically examined and a complete male profile matching that of Stephen French was obtained from the grips on the handle of the gun. 

The case had been adjourned to the 3 July 2013 for sentence