Jail for Stonebridge man after DNA is found on converted replica handguns

Mohamed Darik

Mohamed Darik - Credit: Archant

A Stonebridge man has been sentenced to five years behind bars for possessing replica handguns converted to fire live rounds -after his DNA was found on the weapons.

One of the converted replica guns found by police

One of the converted replica guns found by police - Credit: Archant

It took members of the jury just over one hour to convict Mohamed Amine Darik, 22, of Beames Road, of the crime in a retrial at Isleworth Crown court on Wednesday.

The jury failed to reach a verdict at the original hearing in September.

A second man, Yaser Kelleher from Harmondsworth, was handed a eight year jail term for possession of firearm, and received a further three months for assault by beating to run alongside the former conviction.

The court heard police had been called to an address in West Drayton to a report of an assault.

Yaser Kelleher

Yaser Kelleher - Credit: Archant

Kelleher had initially given a false name but his true identity was revealed following police checks.

Police unearthed two imitation handguns which had been converted to fire live rounds and bullets -and were suitable for use in one of the firearms- in the glove compartment of his car.

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Forensic examination of the guns revealed Darik’s DNA.

He was later arrested at his home in May 2.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the respective charges.

Det Sgt Beverley Kofi, from Hillingdon CID said: ““Darik truly believed he was innocent and did not have any involvement with the handguns. What he failed to understand is that the police will use every tool we have to catch those involved in gun crime.

“I hope that these sentences serve as another reminder to anybody involved in the possession, supply and use of firearms; that officers will continue to pursue and place them before the courts. These are serious offences and will result in lengthy custodial sentences.”

Anyone with information about those involved in the use or possession of firearms can call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.