Shotgun show-off avoids jail sentence

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A TEENAGER who was caught out after showing off two unlicensed shotguns has been given a suspended sentence.

James Jerrold, 18, of Church Gardens, Barningham, showed the £20,000 guns to two visitors at a caravan in Weeting last year.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Monday how Jerrold told them the Henry Aitken guns had been left to him by his grandfather.

But Godfried Duah, prosecuting, said the weapons were owned by farmer Richard Parrott and had been taken from Fengate Farm last year.

They were not discovered to be missing until August but a visitor had been shown them by Jerrold as early as late April.

When police searched Jerrold’s caravan on August 9 the two guns were found in a case.

Examination showed that both guns needed a licence for possession. One had sustained damage costing £667 to repair.

Jamie Sawyer, in mitigation, said there was no sinister motive behind Jerrold’s actions.

Jerrold pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of a shotgun without a certificate.

Mr Recorder Ian Evans ordered Jerrold to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £667 compensation.

He was sentenced to nine months in a Young Offenders’ Institution, suspended for one year.