Two Men Behind Bars For Firearms Offences

30th April 2005

Two men have been sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison for firearms offences following an investigation by the Trident Gang Crime Command.

Edward Ephraim, 32 (09.03.83) of Lennard Road Croydon, and Adrian McNeish, 32 (30.12.82) of Mitford Walk, Crawley, were sentenced on Wednesday, 29 April at Croydon Crown Court.

Ephraim, who pleaded guilty, has been sentenced to six years for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and six years of possession of a prohibited weapon, to run concurrently.

McNeish, who pleaded not guilty, has been sentenced to nine years for possession of a prohibited weapon. He was out on license when arrested in 2013.

On 10 December 2013, as part of an intelligence-led operation, officers from the Trident Gang Crime Command and specialist firearms officers stopped two cars on Westcott Close, off Lodge Lane in New Addington, Croydon.

A sawn-off shotgun and two rounds of ammunition wrapped in a handkerchief were recovered from the back seat of a BMW, one of the vehicles stopped.

Six people were in the two vehicles. Ephraim, who ran away from police, and another four individuals were all arrested and charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life.

McNeish was arrested on 1 May 2014 after officers tracked him down to an address in West Hendon Broadway, Barnet. He was subsequently charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Darren Eyers, from the Met's Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "Ephraim and McNeish are two dangerous individuals.

"Their intent was to threaten people's lives through the possession and no doubt use of the firearm we recovered. Following a complex and protracted manhunt by Trident officers, McNeish was traced, arrested and immediately recalled to prison."

He added: "These convictions serve as another reminder to anybody involved in the possession, supply and use of firearms; we will continue to actively pursue them and bring them before the courts. These are serious offences and will result in lengthy custodial sentences."

A trial took place at Croydon Crown Court in June 2014 involving the following defendants, who had all been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life on 10 December 2013.

- Edward Ephraim, 32 (09.03.83) of Lennard Road Croydon;

- Aaron Leacock, 27 (12.12.87) of Starling Close, Croydon;

- Tyrone McNeish, 30 (27.08.84) of Guinness Trust, Kennington;

- Adrian McNeish, 26 (30.12.82) of Mitford Walk, Crawley;

- Jason Pindi, 30 (02.07.85) Hardham House, Tulse Hill;

- Patrick Otim, 26 (08.09.88) of Cudham Drive, New Addington, Croydon.

Jason Pindi and Aaron Leacock were found not guilty of firearm offences whilst there was a hung jury in respect of the remaining four defendants.

A re-trial took place in January 2015, which found Patrick Otim and Tyrone McNeish also not guilty.

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