November 15, 2009 4:04 PM Subscribe
A former soldier who handed a discarded shotgun in to police faces at least five years imprisonment for "doing his duty".
posted by Jakey (133 comments total)
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Paul Clarke, 27, was found guilty of possessing a firearm at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday – after finding the gun and handing it personally to police officers on March 20 this year.
There's already some predictable outrage
. English legal bogger Jack of Kent
has a slightly more nuanced view:
If the facts are indeed as reported, the CPS should not have prosecuted Mr Clarke. The CPS should only prosecute when it is the public interest to do so. (And one should always be skeptical of newspaper reports of any court case). But on the narrow point as to whether that possessing a shotgun - and taking that shotgun through the streets (even if to a police station) - should be unlawful, then I think it should be