An Indian-origin man has been sentenced for greater than six years of imprisonment for concealing a sawn-off shotgun in his household residence in London.
Pawandeep Sandhu was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London on Monday after the prohibited firearm was found within the backside drawer of a wardrobe in his residence.
The 21-year-old was sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment for one depend of possession of a prohibited firearm and in addition given an additional three months, to be served consecutively, for a beforehand suspended sentence for possession of a knife.
“The Met [Metropolitan Police] is all the time working to take away deadly weapons together with weapons and knives from the streets of London, taking them out of the palms of people who find themselves a hazard to our communities,” stated Detective Inspector Glenn Butler of the Met Police’s Specialist Crime Command.
“I’m extremely happy that one other lethal firearm has been taken out of circulation and that the sentence displays the seriousness of Sandhu’s actions. Those who carry and attempt to conceal weapons shouldn’t have any doubt – we are going to use each software at our disposal to guard our communities and put these intent on perpetrating critical violence behind bars,” he stated.
On June 30, Mr Sandhu was detained by Met Police officers at Seven Kings Park in Ilford, east London, and looked for weapons after he and two males had run off from police. When searched, he was discovered to be in possession of GBP 492 in money, an iPhone 8, a automobile key and different private gadgets.
A machete and two lock knives had been discovered discarded within the space of the park the place that they had beforehand been seen. Later that day, officers executed a search warrant at Sandhu’s household residence. A search of his bed room revealed a single-barrelled, 12-bore folding shotgun, which had been shortened on the barrel and the inventory.
This “sawn-off” shotgun was test-fired utilizing 12 bore shotgun cartridges, together with cartridges discovered at Mr Sandhu’s residence tackle, and was discovered to be in working order and able to inflicting deadly accidents.
A black provider bag containing 37 shotgun cartridges, reside and appropriate to be used with the sawn-off shotgun, had been additionally recovered, in addition to a sock containing 13 shotgun cartridges and one other 11 cartridges had been present in a jacket pocket.
Officers additionally discovered two Samurai swords, a steel secure containing bundles of money (UK and overseas forex), a cardboard field of clean ammunition, a skeleton sort face masks, black physique armour vest, black gloves and a lock knife.
When interviewed, Mr Sandhu claimed that he had solely had these things in his possession for 2 to a few weeks, and this was on the order of an unknown man. However, in depth enquiries of his cell phone data disputed Mr Sandhu’s claims, and he corroborated that he was the one individual to make use of the system.
A video on his cell phone, dated March 2020, featured Mr Sandhu and what gave the impression to be the identical sawn-off shotgun. This undermined his declare that it was solely in his possession for a few weeks and linked him to the weapon.
On July 1, Mr Sandhu was charged with possession of a shortened shotgun and went on to plead responsible at a listening to at Snaresbrook Crown Court on August 13 and was sentenced this week.
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