Mohamed Amine Darik
A man has been jailed after officers found two guns and ammunition in the glove compartment of his car.
A second man is also serving a jail term after forensic specialists found his DNA on the same guns following a lab examination.
Yaser Kelleher, 26 (8.12.87) of Hatch Lane, Harmondsworth, Middlesex was jailed for eight years for possession of firearm. He also received a further three months for assault by beating to run concurrently.
Mohamed Amine Darik, 22 (8.01.92) of Beames Road, NW10 was jailed for five years for possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty alongside Kelleher in September and the jury failed to reach a verdict. Following a retrial at Isleworth Crown court on Wednesday, 15 October the jury took just over one hour to convict him of possession of a handgun.
The men were both sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday, 16 October.
The court heard how on Tuesday, 4 March at approximately 23:30hrs officers were called to an address in Hatch Lane, West Drayton, Middlesex to report an assault.
Kelleher initially gave a false name, however following police checks his true identity was established and he was arrested for the assault. A search of his car was carried out where officers found two handguns and ammunition in the glove compartment.
Both of the handguns were manufactured as replicas but subsequently converted to fire live ammunition. The ammunition recovered was suitable for use in one of the handguns. Kelleher was further arrested for possession of firearms.
Forensic examination of the handguns revealed Darikâ€™s DNA. On Friday, 2 May, Darik was arrested at his home address. He denied the offence, but was later charged with possession of a firearm.
Detective Sergeant Beverley Kofi, from Hillingdon CID said: â€œâ€œDarik truly believed he was innocent and did not have any involvement with the handguns. What he failed to understand is that the police will use every tool we have to catch those involved in gun crime.
“I hope that these sentences serve as another reminder to anybody involved in the possession, supply and use of firearms; that officers will continue to pursue and place them before the courts. These are serious offences and will result in lengthy custodial sentences.”
Anyone with information about those involved in the use or possession of firearms can call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.