Ar­son­ist back in jail for firearms

The Chronicle - - News - By ROB KENNEDY rob.kennedy@ncj­me­dia.co.uk

Court Re­porter STOR­ING a pis­tol and bul­lets at his home has landed a con­victed ar­son­ist back be­hind bars.

Daniel Tin­dle had been re­leased on li­cence for the fire-start­ing of­fence when he was caught with the gun and am­mu­ni­tion in a plas­tic bag.

A court heard po­lice also found a meat cleaver un­der the pas­sen­ger seat of his car dur­ing a search at his home in Wash­ing­ton in May.

Now Tin­dle, who ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing a firearm and six 9mm bul­lets with­out cer­tifi­cates, has been locked up for two years and eight months at New­cas­tle Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty on the ba­sis he had been look­ing af­ter them for some­one else for a lim­ited time and had not used or adapted them.

Judge Sarah Mal­lett, who said the firearm was a “se­ri­ous” weapon, told Tin­dle: “There is a clear pub­lic need to dis­cour­age un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of firearms, even in the cir­cum­stances put for­ward in your ba­sis of plea.

“There is jus­ti­fi­able pub­lic con­cern caused by firearms like this.”

The judge, who ac­knowl­edged a pos­i­tive ref­er­ence from his em­ployer, added: “You have fam­ily sup­port and a sta­ble re­la­tion­ship.

“Per­haps be­cause of the con­tacts you have from the time you spent in cus­tody you also have fallen back into in­volve­ment with se­ri­ous of­fend­ing.”

The court heard the firearm was ca­pa­ble of dis­charg­ing live am­mu­ni­tion and gas rounds.

Tin­dle, of Coach Road Es­tate, Us­worth, Wash­ing­ton, also ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon in re­la­tion to the meat cleaver.

The 33-year-old has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drugs of­fences and was out on li­cence from a 40 month prison term for ar­son at the time.

Tin­dle ini­tially claimed he had “found” the gun and bul­lets but later ad­mit­ted the charges on the ba­sis he had been look­ing af­ter them. Gavin Doig, de­fend­ing, said Tin­dle had been work­ing hard af­ter be­ing re­leased from jail.

Daniel Tin­dle

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