Sudbury man loses High Court appeal against Wembley gun conviction
PUBLISHED: 17:58 22 December 2015 | UPDATED: 17:58 22 December 2015
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A Sudbury man caught with a gun and ammunition in a flat he rented in Wembley has failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear his name.
Skye Case was jailed after police found the firearm at the property in Alexandra Court, Empire Way.
He claimed it had been left there by a man he was ‘too scared of to name’.
But the 28-year-old, of Aspen Drive, was locked up for six years at Harrow Crown Court in March, after being found guilty of having a banned firearm and unlicensed ammunition.
Last week, he challenged his convictions at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing they were ‘unsafe’ because the trial judge misdirected the jury.
But his complaints were rejected by three senior judges, who said the evidence against Case was ‘overwhelming’ and there was nothing wrong with the judge’s directions.
The court heard the loaded gun was found in the flat when it was raided by police in October 2013.
He claimed he hadn’t been living in the flat because the boiler was broken, but he had let a number of other people stay there from time to time including the man he was so scared of he couldn’t name him.
He claimed that, while he knew the gun was there, he was too scared to go to the police.
He also said he had searched the flat for it so he could get rid of it, but was unable to find it, and had asked the man a number of times to remove it.
His lawyers claimed the trial judge didn’t give clear enough directions to the jury about the law on possession of prohibited firearms.
Rejecting his appeal, Lord Justice Davis said the judge’s summing up of the case was clear.