Pair Jailed For Firearms Offences

17th July 2005

Two men who stashed firearms under a garden paving slab concealed by pot plants and gnomes have been jailed.

James Gilbert, 23 (13.12.91) of Longfield Crescent SE19 was imprisoned for fourteen years at Croydon Crown Court having previously been found guilty on Thursday, 4 June of five counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Tony Waller, 21 (15.10.93) of Warminster Square SE25, had previously pleaded guilty on Monday, 11 May, to three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He was jailed for eight and a half years.

They were sentenced today, Friday, 17 July, at Croydon Crown Court.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Paul Dorey, of the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "No one entering that garden with its pretty flowers and gnomes would have guessed they were cover for something far more sinister - an array of lethal weapons, including a MAC-10.

"I am pleased that sound police work has led today to two dangerous men being jailed and three firearms taken off the streets."

On Thursday, 20 November Trident officers stopped a black Nissan Primera in Parkwood Road, Bournemouth, as part of an intelligence-led proactive operation.

Driving the vehicle was Gilbert, a well-known south London gang member.

He was arrested for conspiracy to possess firearms between 15 May and 7 August 2014.

Gilbert had been linked to the recovery of several firearms during that time, including a MAC-10 machine gun and magazine, a Smith and Wesson .44 revolver and a barrel and cylinder for a Smith and Wesson .44, which were found buried in Waller's back garden in Warminster Square.

Two further firearms were recovered linked to Gilbert being a pump action shotgun and Belgian Gate - Loading revolver.

The weapons, recovered on 7 August, were discovered wrapped in plastic underneath a paving slab.

They were forensically examined and the MAC-10 found to be linked to three previous incidents, including a drive-by shooting at a barber shop in Elmers End Road, Beckenham in June 2014. A man in his 20s suffered a gunshot wound to the hand.

Searches of Gilberts's home uncovered a Nike bag hidden in a bedroom cupboard which contained around £4,000 in cash.

Both Gilbert and Waller were subsequently charged.

+ On Thursday, 4 June Barry Waller, 28 (7.6.87) of Warminster Square SE25, brother of Tony, was found not guilty of three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and three counts of possession of a firearm.

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