Five years jail for gun crime

A Mytholmroyd man has been jailed for five years after armed police swooped on his mother’s home and found firearms and ammunition.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2013, 6:00 am
Carl Scully, of Mytholmroyd, was jailed for five years for firearms offences

A Homicide and Major Enquiry Team investigation into the shooting of a Bradford born-again Christian led to a police raid on 28-year-old Carl Scully’s family home where a handgun and sawn-off shotgun were found wrapped in a bag in the joist of the property’s garage.

Paul Nicholson, prosecuting at Bradford Crown Court, said police searched the family home Scully shared with his mother and disabled brother on August 22, and found a small bullet on top of the defendant’s wardrobe.

Officers scoured the garage where they found a black bag in which a brown bag was concealing a black revolver and four bullets. Shotgun cartridges were found stashed in a pillow case and wrapped in a towel was a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun.

Scully’s DNA was found on the triggers of the guns and on the trigger guards.

Scully pleaded guilty to possession of illegal firearms and ammunition at Bradford Crown Court on November 4.

In mitigation, Ashoq Khullar said Scully’s defence was that he was storing the weapons and bullets for a man he was indebted to.

The court heard Scully owed money to Colin Berry, who was shot dead when police raided his home in a search for illegal drugs earlier this year.

Unarmed officers had stormed the Clayton home of 49-year-old Berry in April, when they found him with a firearm in an upstairs bedroom with his daughter. An inquest heard how the gun went off during a scuffle with the officers and Berry was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.

Mr Khullar told the court that father-of-three Scully had felt under pressure to store the guns for Berry and after his death did not know what to do with the illegal property.

Judge John Potter told Scully: “Your repayment to Berry was to hold the guns on your property. You should not have agreed to do this.”

He added: “You possessed a lethal collection of weapons. You should have handed them in to the authorities as soon as they came into your possession.”

Judge Potter sentenced Scully to five years in prison.