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Man jailed for firearms offences

News   •   Aug 09, 2019 13:50 BST

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A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for firearms offences.

Olusegan Shobanjo, 20 (17.07.99) of Penavia Court, NW9 was sentenced on Friday, 9 August following a trial at Harrow Crown Court which concluded on Wednesday, 7 August.

He was convicted of:

- Being in possession of a firearms; 
- Being in possession of ammunition;
- Possession of crack cocaine;
- Possession of criminal property (namely over £4,000 cash).

The court heard that on the morning of 13 September 2018, officers executed a warrant at Shobanjo’s home address. Upon gaining entry, the suspect was found lying on the sofa; he was immediately arrested.

Officers searched the back of the sofa and found a firearm and a quantity of ammunition. A number of Class A and B drugs and cash were also found in the property.

Shobanjo was arrested and taken to a north London police station for questioning, where he provided ‘no comment’ answers throughout. He was charged in the early hours of 14 September 2018 with the charges he was found guilty of.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Bryan Pontin, said: “There is absolutely no reason a firearm like this and live ammunition should be on the streets of London. I’m extremely proud of all the hard work that my colleagues have put in to identify Shobanjo and seize this weapon.

“I hope that this result sends a stark warning to anyone who is in possession of, or is thinking holding a firearm for a friend or family member.”

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