Our client, Mr C, was in a three-hour standoff with police wielding a suspected imitation firearm. The offence was a serious one and our client was originally looking at a lengthy prison sentence. Mr C was remanded into custody pending his sentence hearing.
Farleys Solicitors intervened and obtained our own ballistics report. This showed that the firearm was, in fact, a low powered air rifle that would normally be lawful to possess. We also established that it was unloaded and there was no ammunition to cause anyone any direct harm.
We then obtained a psychiatric report which established that Mr C was mentally unwell at the time of the behaviour. He was suffering from delusions that caused his behaviour. It was out of character and had never happened before.
After a lengthy plea in mitigation by our instructed Barrister Rachael Woods, the court exceptionally gave a suspended sentence order which meant that our client did not go to prison. He will instead get help with his mental health as required and be disqualified from keeping any firearm for 5 years.
Mr C is now doing much better in life now that he is getting the help he needs.
Gareth Hawden of Farleys, who represented Mr C commented,
We put a lot of work into this case and were pleased that Mr C finally got the help that he needed. Firearms law is a difficult and complex area and it is always worth instructing an expert to obtain the best outcome.
We hope that this is the end of difficulties for this kind yet troubled man.
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