Man jailed over stolen shot­gun

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A man has been jailed for two years af­ter a shot­gun stolen from a car in Ash­ford and am­mu­ni­tion were found stashed be­neath a wheelie bin.

De­tec­tives used DNA found on the Beretta 20 bore firearm to link it to 26-year-old Wil­liam Cosier, of Well Lane, near Can­ter­bury.

A po­lice probe dis­cov­ered the shot­gun, which was found in Da­gen­ham, was one of two stolen from a car in Ash­ford on Box­ing Day, 2014.

The owner, who pos­sessed a firearms cer­tifi­cate, was at­tend­ing an or­gan­ised shoot at the time and had parked his car in a field where he was shoot­ing.

He re­turned to find his car had been bro­ken into and the guns were gone.

Fol­low­ing the DNA match, Cosier was ar­rested by po­lice on Septem­ber 1 last year, but re­fused to an­swer any ques­tions in in­ter­view.

He was charged with il­le­gally pos­sess­ing a firearm and was last week jailed for two years af­ter his con­vic­tion by a jury at Wood Green Crown Court in north Lon­don.

Det Sgt Jim Barry from the Met Po­lice led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said: “What Wil­liam Cosier’s ex­act role in how this firearm came to be stolen from a locked car in Kent and end up con­cealed un­der a wheelie bin in Da­gen­ham has not been es­tab­lished.

“How­ever, what is abun­dantly clear from DNA ev­i­dence is that Cosier came into con­tact with this firearm at some point in the in­terim pe­riod.

“While there is no ev­i­dence the shot­gun was used in crime, it is clear by the fact that it was found con­cealed, and with am­mu­ni­tion, that the in­tent was there.”

CONVICTED: Wil­liam Cosier

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