Sunderland gun owner did not reveal convictions

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A GUN enthusiast failed to disclose all of his criminal record, a court heard.

Robert Calvert, from Hylton Castle, did tell police about a serious assault he was cautioned for but failed to let them know he had also been arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard he had not entered information about all his convictions when he reapplied for a gun licence.

But he had enclosed a letter from Northumbria Police detailing why he had previously lost his licence.

Prosecutor John McGlone said the 25-year-old made the application on April 30.

It was checked against his criminal record by a firearms licensing officer, who found it was incorrect.

Calvert, who works as forklift truck driver, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Firearms Act.

Speaking in his defence, Peter Thuborn, confirmed Calvert was stripped of his gun licence after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly in 2004 and 2005, and received a caution in 2005 for assault causing actual bodily harm.

“He waited five years, thinking that was all right and he could reapply,” he said.

“He sent a copy of the original letter so they received information of what they had notified him of.

“They thought, five years have passed, they might like me now, they might reconsider. That was occupying his mind. What was not occupying his mind was the two drunk and disorderlies before that.

“I doubt they will consider him for a licence again.

“He made a mistake and has pleaded guilty straight away.”

Sentencing him, district judge Roger Elsey said: “You did disclose the most serious matter which was recorded against you. You failed to disclose convictions for being drunk and disorderly.”

Calvert, of Craigshaw Square, was fined £100 and ordered to pay £50 towards prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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