Glasgow & West Scotland

Pensioner John White jailed for keeping 'armoury'

A pensioner who was found with a cache of weapons at his one bedroom flat in Glasgow has been jailed for five years.

John White, 65, was found with what a judge described as an "armoury" at the property in Maryhill in March.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how police found two sawn-off shotguns, a pistol, silencer, and magazine clip, and bags of shot-gun cartridges.

White's home was searched after police seized cocaine from a car in which he was a passenger.

The court heard that when officers raided White's home they were asked whether there were any weapons which might injure the searchers.

Prohibited weapons

He said there were no knives but added that there were guns in his bedroom cupboard along with "all sorts of ammunition and silencers and everything".

By the end of the search police had found a sawn-off shotgun wrapped in a towel, a pistol and magazine clip hidden in a sock, a silencer for the pistol, a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun and bags of shot-gun cartridges.

Possession of a "prohibited weapon" such as the Italian-made Beretta pistol normally carries a minimum sentence of five years - and a maximum of ten.

At an earlier hearing White, whose record includes a 12-year sentence for a sex attack, admitted breaches of the Firearms Act.

Sentencing White, judge Lord Turnbull told him: "It would be fair to comment you were in possession of something approaching an armoury."

Also in the dock was Anthony Lyden, 56, from Maryhill, who was jailed for two years after admitting being concerned in the supply of cocaine, also in March.

The court heard how a police stake-out caught Lyden as he picked up a stash of cocaine with an estimated street value of £5,900.

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