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Suffolk man has shotgun licence revoked after grandson used one of his guns to shoot teenager in face in Kesgrave



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The grandfather of a teenager found guilty of attempted murder after shooting a boy in the face has been fined £500 after he admitted not locking his guns away properly.

The 70-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of his shotgun licence at Suffolk Magistrates' Court today.

On September 7 last year a 15-year-old boy was shot at close range in Kesgrave's Friends Walk as he was walking to school by another teenager, causing him significant injuries.

Police officers arrested the teenager on September 7, about three hours after he shot a boy in the face as he was on his way to school. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA
Police officers arrested the teenager on September 7, about three hours after he shot a boy in the face as he was on his way to school. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA

The victim suffered a stroke after being taken to hospital, which left him partially paralysed and with some brain damage, and he continues to receive treatment for lifelong injuries

The shooter, who is now 16, was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury last month at Ipswich Crown Court and will return on September 3 when he will be sentenced.

His grandfather today admitted to failing to secure his shotguns properly in a secure cabinet, leaving the gun cabinet open with the keys in it, leaving the property un-alarmed with guns insecure inside of property, providing alarm codes to the property to others, thereby allowing access to shotguns and ammunition by unauthorised persons namely his grandson.

He has now had his shotgun licence revoked, and magistrate Christopher Day ordered him to pay £105 costs and £50 victim surcharge.

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