Skip to comments.Widow faces jail for possession of late husband's illegal pistol after it was stolen during burglary
Posted on 02/19/2012 11:02:15 PM PST by smokingfrog
Kathleen Woodward, 64, reported the loss of the vintage pistol after her home was ransacked by a thief who escaped with the gun along with other stolen property.
But while he ended up being jailed for just six months, Mrs Woodward could be sentenced to five years for possession of the firearm.
Mrs Woodward, whose late husband was a gun collector, returned to the house to find it ransacked and when she reported the theft immediately told police that among the property stolen was a handgun which sparked a major operation to find the weapon.
The thief who stole the gun which was inside a cash box, Guy Whitelaw, was later jailed for five years after admitting illegal possession of the prohibited weapon, although his sentence was quashed on appeal.
Parliament has laid down that a minimum of five years imprisonment be imposed for such an offence, unless exceptional circumstances can be shown. Whitelaw (29) later had his jail term cut to six months resulting in his immediate release.
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Apparently an exceptional circumstance is if you steal the gun. She should claim she stole it from her husband and get six months like the other thief.
California in 20 years. Bet me.
The Sassenachs have lost their minds.
Good thing I don't live there.
I did just return from London not too long ago. Seems that they like cutting each other's guts out with crappy little camping knives. Some kid got chased through a holiday shoppers crowd and was knifed to death in front of thousands of people in this sort of ritzy shopping area on Oxford St. I'd just been in that same store just a few weeks before.
England, I think your draconian laws really aren't having the intended effect.
There really is nothing left Great about Britain.
Give The Anointed One a second term and we are well on our way to the sissyfication of this nation.
True self respect is a quality only of free men, not possible for any other.
If you own a gun in the UK, you need a firearms licence. I have a firearms licence and several firearms. She had a firearm with no licence. It’s not rocket science is it?
She’ll get let off with a caution.
As for all the predictable nonsense about the end of the UK, please can it - it’s boring, it’s wrong, we’ve got 3% muslims and 92% white British, we don’t have an American-hating muslim president and if any freepers fancy moving from their officially secular state to our officially christian country, you’ll be more than welcome! :)
If you need money, just ask. Don't try to con people.
Not all that convincing, old chap.
The cash box was named 'Guy Whitelaw'?
You don’t name your cash boxes in the States?
What would this woman have had to do to get a license to own her dead husband’s revolver legally?
Apply to the police.
What about those “evil” hollow point bullets? I bet they wouldn’t let her keep those.
A gun without ammunition is just a paperweight.