Firearms acquittals secured on all counts

08.04.17 | |


Count one on the indictment was an offence contrary to section 16A of the Firearms Act 1968. Count one carries a statutory minimum term of five years’ imprisonment for offenders aged 18 or older, as S is.  


The complainant attended to give evidence. The defence advanced exclusionary legal arguments, occupying two days, to narrow the compass of the case called against S.


The Crown opened its case against S to the jury as follows:

‘S and the complainant were in an on/off relationship. S sent text messages from his phone to the complainant, including ones that threatened ‘I should shoot you, slut’‘Dead sluts don’t talk' and ‘9mm leaves a nice hole’. The complainant was at home, alone, with her two month-old baby, when S pointed a gun in her face whilst grabbing and pushing her. The complainant called 999 and reported to police that S had done that. She also told two police officers what happened, who recorded her account on their body-worn cameras. S was arrested and interviewed that same day. He said in interview that he was angry with the complainant and had called her mobile to tell her she was "a dirty slut” and that he "would hit her in the fucking face”. He said he had not sent threatening text messages. He was asked by officers to give the code to his mobile telephone. He refused to do so. Police arranged to have his mobile telephone examined by an expert who was able to extract from it text messages sent by S. S’s mobile telephone was also examined for its history of download. S had deleted messages from his mobile telephone, which were recovered by the expert. Several searches for guns and weaponry were made by S on his mobile, including on a website called ‘’. S sent text messages to another woman about the complainant, including ‘She isn’t dead yet so I can’t smile’ and ‘Going to jail as soon as the bizzys catch me.' He there admitted he had ‘Shut her fucking mouth’ .


The defence case for S was that he had not had a gun. S had been set up by the complainant. She had fabricated evidence against S, to engineer his arrest and try to secure his conviction. To set up S, the complainant had, herself, typed incriminating text messages on S’s mobile telephone that she had promptly sent to her own mobile telephone. To further fit up S, she had herself searched on his mobile for guns and weaponry, over three days, amongst other searches made for ‘good male abs exercises' and ‘2018 FIFA World Cup'.  


Abigail Bright was instructed by Andy Malik, Paul Kennedy, and Nicole Wright at DJMS Solicitors, Newcastle. 

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