Somerset pensioner, 81, jailed after police seize handguns from his home

Somerset County Gazette: Derrick Ward Derrick Ward

PENSIONER Derrick Ward (pictured) has been jailed at Taunton Crown Court for four years and six months for firearms offences.

Ward, 81, from Somerset, was arrested in March when police attended his home and seized two handguns.

In court he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and possession of prohibited ammunition and he was found guilty of possession a firearm without a certificate.

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5:18pm Thu 17 Jul 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

Wow! He has got more than a rapist.
Wow! He has got more than a rapist. TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 19

10:05pm Thu 17 Jul 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

Agree, British justice system stinks.
Agree, British justice system stinks. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 9

7:04am Fri 18 Jul 14

saltpot says...

Seems a bit harsh for a 81 year old, I dont know the facts but i dont expect he was intending using them, Perhaps an oversight on his part,
I expect he was bubbled , Confiscation & a slap on the wrist & fine should deter others,
Seems a bit harsh for a 81 year old, I dont know the facts but i dont expect he was intending using them, Perhaps an oversight on his part, I expect he was bubbled , Confiscation & a slap on the wrist & fine should deter others, saltpot
  • Score: 7

8:57am Fri 18 Jul 14

Thurza says...

This seems rather harsh considering his age, was he a potential terrorist or major threat to society? I think probably not. You often get a lesser sentence for other if not more serious offences.
This seems rather harsh considering his age, was he a potential terrorist or major threat to society? I think probably not. You often get a lesser sentence for other if not more serious offences. Thurza
  • Score: 3

9:58am Fri 18 Jul 14

JRocker7 says...

Maybe he's from America where he's used to having rights and freedom.
Maybe he's from America where he's used to having rights and freedom. JRocker7
  • Score: -2

11:38am Fri 18 Jul 14

KevinTurvey says...

With a bit of weight pumping, laser eye surgery, not to mention all the contacts he'll make, he'll come out as a professional contract killer.
With a bit of weight pumping, laser eye surgery, not to mention all the contacts he'll make, he'll come out as a professional contract killer. KevinTurvey
  • Score: 6

8:37pm Sun 20 Jul 14

boliston says...

This is a longer sentence than many people who actually KILL by careless driving get!
This is a longer sentence than many people who actually KILL by careless driving get! boliston
  • Score: 5

4:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Westerbyg says...

Quite salutary to know that a drug mule who pleads guilty to importing, say, 5 kilos of cocaine would receive 7 years imprisonment. Presumably the judge concerned in this case is an idiot.
Quite salutary to know that a drug mule who pleads guilty to importing, say, 5 kilos of cocaine would receive 7 years imprisonment. Presumably the judge concerned in this case is an idiot. Westerbyg
  • Score: 3
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