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Darren McInally jailed for assault and submachine gun charges

A man who was caught with a submachine gun after he assaulted his girlfriend has been jailed for seven years.

Darren McInally, 28, attacked Hazel King, 22, at her home in Uplawmoor, East Renfrewshire, last November.

Police later traced him, and found a Skorpion submachine gun and ammunition in his car.

McInally who admitted the charges, was jailed for six years and four months for firearms offences and a further eight months for assaulting Ms King.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Turnbull told McInally that there was a statutory minimum sentence of five years' imprisonment for firearms offences, but in his case there were aggravating features.

DNA link

A previous hearing at the High Court in Glasgow heard that McInally had turned up at Ms King's home and started yelling abuse at her as well as accusing her of being unfaithful.

Prosecutor Angela Gray told the court he had refused to leave Ms King's home. He grabbed her, threw her onto a sofa, brandished a bottle at her and left her fearing she was going to be hit.

Police were called and traced McInally to his father's home in Neilston, East Renfrewshire, where they found a loaded Skorpion submachine gun in the boot of his Audi car.

McInally's DNA was later found on the Czech-made weapon and the ammunition.

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