A teenager has been jailed after he was caught with a handgun and ammunition when he was chased by police early in the morning.
Suleyman Mohamed, 18, threw the potentially deadly weapon into someone’s front garden after running away from officers.
He was then caught with a bullet in his pocket and a balaclava on him when officers eventually apprehended him.
The teenager from Openshaw, east Manchester, shed tears as he was jailed for three years at Manchester Crown Court on Friday last week.
The court was told police were first alerted after receiving a phone call at around 8am from a man saying two men were refusing to leave his house in Longsight.
He refused to give any further details but around five minutes later officers attended and saw two men matching the description on Birch Lane, Simone Flynn, prosecuting, said.
“As soon as he saw the police he ran off down Birch Lane” Miss Flyn said.
“And he was clearly seen by one of the officers to clearly discard in the front garden of an address, near some bin bags.”
Mohamed was arrested after a struggle with officers, she said.
Once he was in custody police returned to where they saw him discard the item and found a Bruni New Police model pistol. It had a magazine but with nothing in it.
During a search one silver bullet was found in his pocket.
Expert analysis of the gun showed it had been drilled and modified to make it capable of firing live rounds.
The bullet found could have been fired from it had it had some tape put round it to widen its diameter.
The judge said such modified weapons “can be equally as dangerous for the person firing them as they can blow up in your hands.”
David James, defending, said Mohamed was “immature” and “susceptible to peer pressure.”
He said he had no intention of using the firearm and said his client claims he had been asked to hold it by one of the men he had been hanging around with.
“Physically he presents as someone younger than his years and immature and that is also the case in terms of his behaviour.
“His family he often acts like a mirror and one of their concerns is that he is very susceptible to peer pressure.
“In groups and the criminal fraternity, organisers do not carry items they intend to use and if there is someone they can give it to, who would be caught instead if they are stopped, then they do.
“His claim that this was a case where he was minding for others, rather than someone who would use such a firearm on the streets, is consistent with that.”
Mohamed, of Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate.
There is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for adult caught with guns, however he was 17 at the time and the minimum for a youth is three years.
And Mohamed, whose mother and brother were watching from the public gallery, wept in the dock as Judge Alan Conrad QC handed him a three year prison term.
Passing sentence he said: “It is a matter of real concern to this court that a 17 year-old lad with no previous convictions is out and about at 8am in possession of an adapted, re-commissioned, working handgun and live ammunition.
“Firearms are a matter of a great public concern and the gravity of such matters cannot be overstated.
“And not only did you have the handgun but ammunition as well which could have been fired from it.
“Because of your age at the time I have to sentence you as a 17 year-old.
“I bear in mind that this is your fist time before the courts and that you pleaded guilty.
“Upon your release I hope that the anti-social attitudes you have begun to show are reversed and you do not go back to the associations you had previously. Because if you do you are liable to spend longer and longer periods in custody.”
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