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Maryport man sentenced for unlawful possession of firearm

Carlisle Crown Court

A MARYPORT man has been handed a suspended prison sentence for the unlawful possession of a firearm.

Carlisle Crown Court heard today (MON) how Wayne Fisher’s Crosby Street home was the subject of a drug search on July 22.

Police found a mixture of illegally held substances – cocaine, cannabis and Valium – and also recovered an air rifle from the property. This item was said to have belonged to a housemate of Fisher’s who had died.

However, Fisher was aware he shouldn’t have had the rifle at his address as he was prohibited from doing so after receiving a 16-month jail term in 2016 for a drug supply crime, and had been told during a previous search of his home to dispose of it.

He admitted a charge of possessing an air rifle where prohibited before the expiration of a five-year prison sentence licence period; and also admitted possessing class A cocaine, class B cannabis and class C Valium. Those offences also put him in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed for a violent domestic attack.

Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Barker told Fisher of the illegally-held firearm: “You knew you shouldn’t have had it. That’s the point.”

Fisher had a six-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months. He must also complete a rehabilitation activity requirement, and a two-month night-time curfew.

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