Father bought gun for ‘boys room’ in his Wolverhampton home


Baldev Sangha pleaded guilty to an offense usually punishable by at least five years in prison. But the judge heard that the 44-year-old father-of-three knew nothing about guns and treated the gun like a toy after he bought it at a sale in Shareshill.

The .22 gas pistol was found in a drawer when police attended his home in Compton Road, Chapel Ash, on an unrelated matter.

This type of weapon can be converted to fire live ammunition and was classified as a prohibited weapon in 2004, two years after Sangha’s purchase, Wolverhampton Crown Court said yesterday.

No attempt had been made to adapt it. Sangha, an electrician and gas installer, paid £ 120 for the pistol and three other firearms with 28 9mm rounds which could not be fired by any of them.

He told the audience: “I was told they were replicas. I just wanted to display them. I wanted a boys room in our old house with a pool table, dart board and a table football.

“I needed something to put up on the walls as trinkets.”

Mr Graham Henson, defending, said: “We are dealing with a half-soaked, silly man who behaved like a big kid buying what he thought were replica guns so he could playing with it like toys. It is a crime committed out of ignorance. “

Sangha pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of ammunition without a certificate.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison suspended for two years with 100 hours of unpaid work and £ 800 in costs.


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