A MAN who admitted stashing illegal firearms for a "heavy villain" has been jailed for four years.
Bradford Crown Court was told that Shaun Edgell, of Thongsbridge, had stored a sawn-off shotgun, an illegally modified pistol and ammunition at a neighbour's house.
He did so, the court heard, because he thought that he or members of his family would be hurt if he refused.
Nicholas Clark, prosecuting, said Edgell, 34, of Larch Avenue, was reported to police by his then girlfriend, Susan Porter, because she wanted to get him into trouble. She said he "just thinks he's a big boy".
But the police also charged Porter, 41, of Pickhill Road, Meltham, with helping in an offence. She was ordered to serve a two-year community punishment and rehabilitation order.
Edgell pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition without a certificate and possessing a prohibited weapon and prohibited ammunition.
The court was told he was also charged with producing cannabis and allowing premises to be used for the producing cannabis after police raided MMDC Service in Milnsbridge last April.
They found 35 plants growing under hydroponic lights. They arrested Steven Gillespie, who said he had rented the premises to Edgell, whose fingerprints were found on the growing equipment.
Gillespie, 42, of Heaton Gardens, Paddock, pleaded guilty to allowing premises to be used for the cultivation of cannabis.
He was ordered to serve a 100-hour community punishment order.
Further inquiries led police to search a house in Hawthorn Terrace, Hillhouse, which belonged to Susan Porter's brother, John Porter, 35.
Inside his four-storey terraced house they found that three of the floors were being used to grow the illegal drug.
Porter said he had been living at his sister's house because there was little space left.
Police also uncovered a stun-gun, which Porter admitted he was looking after for a friend.
He pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and possessing a prohibited weapon.
He was ordered to serve a 60-hour community punishment order and a two-year community rehabilitation order.
Edgell was given no separate penalty for the drug offences after Judge James Stewart QC was told there was no relationship between the guns and the drugs.
The judge told Edgell he would not be given the normal minimum sentence of five years for possessing an illegal firearm because he had not committed any offences for 14 years and had not used the guns in any crimes.
He added: "If you have anything to do with firearms Parliament has said you have to go to prison for a minimum five years, unless exceptional circumstances apply.
"You said you had been asked to look after them for someone else who is plainly a heavy villain.
"But you must have known they would be used in the course of major crime."