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Coventry man in supported housing guilty of gun possession

Editorial Correspondent 19th Jun, 2018 Updated: 20th Jun, 2018

WHEN the police searched a young man’s room at a supported housing project in Coventry, they discovered a revolver and several rounds of ammunition under his bed.

Even though he accepted the firearm and cartridges were in his rucksack, Jibril Shaban denied any knowledge of them.

But a jury at Warwick Crown Court took just 42 minutes to find him guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm and three charges of possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Shaban (22) of The Foyer in Lower Holyhead Road, Coventry, who was remanded in custody by Judge Peter Cooke.

Prosecutor Stuart Clarkson said Shaban had moved into the Foyer, which provides supported accommodation for young people, in November last year.

“The police turned up on January 24 and spoke to staff there, asking if they could speak to Mr Shaban.

“They went up to his room, but he was not in, and the officer asked if he could go in in any event, and was allowed in.

“Under the bed he found a rucksack, and in that was another rucksack, and inside that was the gun and ammunition.”

There were three rounds in the chamber of the .22 revolver, and loose in the inner rucksack were two .357 rounds and four .44 cartridges.

Shaban maintained when he was questioned and during the trial that although the rucksacks were his, the first time he saw the gun and ammunition was when they were shown to him by the police.

He claimed he had no idea how they got into his room, and his barrister Ian Speed argued there was no evidence to show he had had any contact with the gun or ammunition.

But Mr Clarkson commented that The Foyer was ‘quite a secure complex,’ with each room having its own pad for which you need a fob to gain entry.

“The prosecution say they were in his room, he is the only person who resided in that room, and they were his rucksacks.

“There was CCTV at the Foyer. It was looked at for two weeks prior to the police going, and no-one was seen going into that room with the exception of the defendant, staff or people going in with the defendant,” the prosecutor added.

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