'Stupid' gunman Peter McDowall shoots hole in own floor
A man who found a sawn-off shotgun in a park and later used it to blow a hole in his bedroom floor has been jailed for five years.
Peter McDowall, 22, from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, admitted having the shotgun illegally and culpably and recklessly discharging it on 5 January.
The High Court in Glasgow heard how police later found the weapon in a cupboard under the stairs in his home.
McDowall's lawyer said he had shown "stupidity and naivety" over firearms.
The court heard how when interviewed by police, McDowall told them that a couple of youths had shown him where they found the gun.
He said he told them it was a toy and he would put it in the bin.
McDowall said that he did not known how to get rid of it and was worried he would get into trouble and took the gun home.
He also claimed that he discharged the shotgun in the bedroom a couple of nights before the search was carried out causing damage to the floor and the common close.
He said he disposed of the spent cartridge and cleared up the debris in the close and claimed he had discharged the weapon by accident.
Defence counsel advocate Tony Graham said: "My client has shown stupidity and naivety in relation to firearms. The true nature of the criminality is that Mr McDowall did not contact the authorities when he came in possession of the weapon."
Temporary judge Norman Ritchie QC jailed father-of-two McDowall for five years.