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Paul Clarke, police guidelines show a mistake has been made.

A dof of the cap to Constantly Furious who points out this little gem in the Home Office's 'Firearms Policing Guidelines' which states on page 129 of the PDF:
"Anyone surrendering an illegally held firearm should be questioned discreetly with a view to establishing its history but, unless circumstances exist to give serious cause for concern as to its provenance (for example, if it appears to have been stolen), the person handing it in should not be pressed.
The emphasis should be on creating an environment in which people hand in illegally held firearms"
Now as I read it, that would appear that you do not nick them for doing their civic duty and actually helping the police, you don't stick them in the cells with common criminals; then the Crown Prosecution Services doesn't think its a damn fine case to take to court and waste our tax money on.

What's worse is that he was found guilty, yes the braindead fucking sheep on the jury convicted him which shows that in order for evil for flourish otherwise good men an women not only have to do nothing but also demonstrate their total fucking stupidity to boot. Which shows as I mention that absolutely anyone can become a criminal in Labour's Britain.
Just by having the gun in his possession he was guilty of the charge, and has no defence in law against it
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."
On the 14th I express4d my displeasure of the justice system and all involved in this fiasco, oh and I e-mailed one Alan Johnson our Home Sec. On Monday I emailed him again and I have also e-mailed him(now on all three e-mails provided on his website) today as well and as yet have heard nothing back.

That's right the office of the Home Sec. has not bothered to even issue a bog standard we have received your mail notice, guess filling in all them expenses forms must be taking up his valuable time?...

Postman Prat can be contacted @ johnsona@parliament.uk and public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk and windlet@parliament.uk

Justice should and used to be about the concept of innocent until proven guilty, now it has changed to guilty due to a "strict liability" charge and rubber stamp justice based on punishment.

2 people have spoken:

Anonymous said...

It seems so simple then...

Simply slip a pistol into the coat pocket of the judge.

Or place a rifle in the car trunk of the prosecutor.

5 years for each - Ta Da!

Send enough judges and politicians to jail and maybe the law would get changed.

Anonymous said...

It looks like you have a problem with the guidance. Surrendering an illegaly held firearm of which there is no question of provenance would require a police officer to observe the guidance. However, this was a firearm which could not be held legally by anyone (sawn off barrel) and it had no provenance.
The jury had no option to convict as long as it was apparent the Clarke actually had it in his possession without a certificate (law of possession), and he could not have a certificate for a sawn off shotgun anyway.
Bear in mind also, that Clarke was known to the police for brandishing a stick against a DVLA officer. Not really something akin to being public spirited.
As Clarke's own lawyer suggested, the sentencing next month will reveal the answers to the grey areas surrounding this case.