HMA v Steven Wilkinson

At the High Court in Glasgow today (20 December 2017) Lady Rae sentenced Steven Wilkinson to six years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to possession of a pistol, a silencer and ammunition in breach of the Firearms Act. On sentencing Lady Rae made the following statement in court:

You have pleaded guilty to a number of serious crimes surrounding your possession of a lethal weapon, namely, a Skorpion sub-machine pistol, a silencer and ammunition for that firearm.

That weapon had the capability of repeatedly firing with one pressure on the trigger.  Such a weapon, particularly when accompanied by a silencer, is, in this day and age, only suitable for one purpose and one purpose only and that is to kill a human being and to do so silently.

From the information given to me it seems there is no evidence to suggest that you were to carry out any assassination. 

There is no charge on this indictment to the effect that you were in possession of the weapon with intent to cause harm.  It has been submitted by your counsel that you were simply taking this item from one place to another but what is clear is that you knew fine well what you were carrying. 

You are no stranger to the criminal justice system although most of your offences are for road traffic matters. You have, however, 20 previous convictions libelling 50 separate offences.  In 2010 you have convictions under the Firearms Act accompanied by a conviction of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

All of these factors, but particularly the nature of the items you were carrying, make this a very serious case.

I shall have regard to all of the mitigation placed before my and I acknowledge that you have pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity as a result of which I am required to consider a discount in this case. 

I appreciate that having regard to my previous comments the ultimate sentence may appear lenient but I must take into account the guidance provided by the Court of Appeal.  Accordingly each of the sentences will be reduced by one third

 On charge 1 and 3 the sentence would have been 3 years but with the discount it will be 2 years

On charge 2 I note that the maximum sentence is 10 years.  In view of the nature of this weapon the sentence would have been 9 years but with the discount it will be 6 years

On charge 4 the sentence would have been 4 years but with the discount it will be 2 years and 8 months

On charge 5 the sentence would have been 6 years but with the discount it will be 4 years

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