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Pen gun shenanigans

Saturday, 13th December, 2014

A 21-year-old man has been convicted of possessing a home-made pistol by a magistrate who described his explanation as unbelievable.

Ry Nial Chapman (21) was caught with the “pen gun” after police pulled his car over for speeding on the South road on June 24.

Police found the weapon under the seat of his vehicle but Chapman told them that he did not know it was there.

Police also seized a mobile phone on which they found a text message from a man saying he had a “.22 Magnum” pen gun for sale and inviting the recipient to his house to test-fire it in a shed.

Chapman denied that the phone was his but when police found his DNA on it, he said that he thought that a pen gun fired pens.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy said he found Chapman’s defence hard to believe.

Even someone who did not know much about guns would know that something described as a .22 Magnum was more likely to fire bullets than biros, Mr Dunlevy said.

He also said that Chapman’s claim that the owner of the gun had planted it in his car to set him up in a “secret deal with police” was nothing more than “wild speculation”.

Chapman was convicted of possessing an unauthorised and unregistered firearm and not keeping it in a safe place.

He was ordered to return to court on January 29 when he may be sentenced.

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