Dad fined after police seized his son’s guns - court told

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A father has been fined after police seized two guns from his home, while he was serving a lifetime ban from possessing any weapons.

Patrick Moore, of Westcroft Drive, Ossett, pleaded guilty to possessing an air weapon when prohibited for life at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The court heard police raided Moore’s home on Saturday, February 7.

They seized a Webley air pistol and a Weihraucm air rifle from his home, one of which was found in a cupboard in his lounge and another in his son’s bedroom.

Moore was banned from possessing any weapon after serving five years in prison for robbery, an offence he committed in 1999.

Prosecutor Karen Medley said Moore told police he did not own the weapons and they both belonged to his son.

The court was told police were made aware of the guns after they were told by his ex-partner.

John Batchelor, mitigating, said: “In his interview he admitted the weapons were in his house but they were not owned by him.

“They were bought by his son so he did not think he was in possession of them, and he was surprised when he was arrested.”

Mr Batchelor said Moore’s son did not need a licence to own the guns but they should not have been kept in his home.

Magistrates told Moore because he had served a five year prison sentence, he was not entitled to have a weapon of any sorts at his home.

Moore was fined £200 and ordered to pay £20 victim surcharge and £80 costs.

The court also ordered for the guns to be destroyed.