Man sentenced for firearms and ammunition offences

26/05/2017

A man has been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court in connection with drug dealing and possessing adapted antique guns imported from abroad.

Paul O’Sullivan, 26, had admitted having Class A drugs with intent to supply but had denied possessing guns and ammunition, right up until his trial was due to begin.

He has now been sentenced to seven years in jail for firearms offences, three years in jail for drug dealing and four years for conspiracy to rob.

Brian Gowland, 44, had earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of perverting the course of justice in connection with O'Sullivan's conspiracy to rob offending and has now been sentenced to 21 months in jail.

The court heard that four antique guns and ammunition were found at a house in Dartmouth Drive in Netherton in Liverpool on 21 January 2015. The antique guns had been imported from abroad by a third party to get around the UK's gun laws.

Kits were also found  that enabled the guns to be adapted for modern day use and ammunition that could be used in the guns was also found.

Other guns and ammunition were found in December 2015 at a house in School Way in Speke where O'Sullivan had been living and traces of his DNA were found on the weapons.

Thousands of pounds worth of Class B drugs as well as heroin and cocaine were also discovered at the house along with drugs paraphernalia and cash. Two machetes were also found at the scene.

O'Sullivan was first arrested in December 2015 and answerer "no comment" to detectives. He was rearrested in March 2016.

The court heard that O'Sullivan had also been involved in an armed robbery on a food delivery van on Merseyside. Cars used in the robbery were traced to O'Sullivan and were found to contain traces of his DNA and cigarettes and cash from the armed robberies.

Gowland told the police that the cars had been stolen from him to cover up the fact that O'Sullivan owned them.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Pascale Jones, from Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit said: "O'Sullivan is still young, yet he is already deeply involved in some of the most serious forms of criminality. His associates thought they were able to avoid the tight gun control laws in this country by acquiring antique guns legally.

"Painstaking work by the police found O'Sullivan's DNA on cars that had been used in a crime. Officers also saw him at a house that was then searched and guns and ammunition were found. His DNA was also discovered on a further find of firearms at another house.

"Both he and Gowland had become involved in serious offending and with criminals who had no regard for human life or people's safety.

"Thanks to the work of the police and The Crown Prosecution Service, they have now been brought to justice."