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Man jailed for firearms offences after hiding handguns in his home

News   •   Mar 31, 2020 16:48 BST

The two firearms

A man has been jailed for firearms offences following a proactive operation by officers from the Met’s North West Command Unit.

Hrithik Sakaria, 19 (04.07.2000) of Ruth Close, Stanmore, was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment on Tuesday, 31 March at Harrow Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm at an earlier hearing.

A remaining charge of possession of a shotgun was left to lie on file.

Sakaria was arrested in the early hours of Monday, 19 August 2019 following an intelligence-led search of his home under a Firearms Act warrant.

Officers discovered two loaded Glock handguns and ammunition in a cupboard.

Sakaria was arrested at the scene and charged later the same day. He was remanded in custody.

A 38-year-old woman was also arrested at the address before being released under investigation. No further action was taken against her.

DC Oliver Kotis, who led the investigation, said: “Proactive operations like this help keep our communities safe and may even save lives. I am sure residents in Harrow will be both relieved and pleased that we have removed these dangerous weapons from the streets.

“In sentencing, his Right Honourable Judge Spiro remarked upon Sakaria’s incredibly poor judgement in providing a safe hiding place for these highly dangerous weapons. It was not established as to how long he had had them, or what he had been intending to do with them.

“Regardless, he has committed a serious offence and will now be spending years behind bars. This should serve as a warning to any others who may be intent on similar activities that we will find you and you will go to prison.”