Teenager jailed for firearms offences

Written by on November 6, 2015 in Crime, News - Comments Off on Teenager jailed for firearms offences

A man who was only 17 at the time of the offence has been jailed for possession of firearms after investigation of a shooting in Brixton by Metropolitan police Trident officers. He was found not guilty of attempted murder in connection with the shooting.

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Miles Headley

Miles Headley, 19, of The Highway, Sutton was sentenced to eight years’ jail at Croydon Crown Court. He had been found guilty of possession of firearm with intent to endanger life and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.

On 11 October 2013 at 22:40 police were called to reports of a man having been shot in Ferrey Mews in Angell Town. The victim was taken to a central London hospital where he was treated for gunshot injuries to his face. The 17-year-old victim was blinded as a result of the attack.

Following a Trident-led investigation Headley, who was 17 at the time, was arrested in connection with the incident on 14 October 2013. Police searched his home and found a loaded revolver and a sawn-off shotgun.

He was charged on 15 October 2013 in relation to the  firearms offences. On 29 January 2014 he was further charged with attempted murder in relation to the shooting in Brixton.

Headley was also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a prohibited weapon in relation to a sawn-off shotgun recovered from a front garden in Mount Nod Road in West Norwood in May 2012. It was forensically linked to him upon his arrest for attempted murder in October 2013.

Headley denied the offences but was found guilty. He was found not guilty of attempted murder.

Detective sergeant Paul Carruth of the Met’s Trident and area crime command said the investigation had highlighted the dedication and tenacity of Trident detectives.

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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