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Nine years for man caught with sub-machine gun and ammunition after getting off bus from Dublin

He was found with a reactivated and modified PPS43 sub machine gun, three magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition.

A MAN CAUGHT with a sub machine gun and ammunition after getting off a bus from Dublin in Belfast city has been jailed for nine years.

Vincent Kelly

Vincent Kelly, formerly of Hawthorn Street in west Belfast, was travelling in a taxi along Grosvenor Road when he was stopped by police on 20 November 2014.

The 31-year-old had a reactivated and modified PPS43 sub machine gun, three magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition inside his black sports bag.

Grosvenor Rd seizure - sub machine gun

When the weapon was forensically examined and test fired, it was discovered that the sub machine gun could only be fired on fully automatic mode, thereby increasing its lethal capability.

The Belfast man pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Grosvenor Rd seizure - ammunition

Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Kearney said: “We are delighted to have taken this lethal weapon off the streets.

Lives have undoubtedly been saved due to the work of officers in Serious Crime Branch, supported by our colleagues in An Garda Siochana.

“Those who follow a path of violence need to realise that their activities will inevitably lead to serious consequences for themselves. Police remain committed to taking illegal firearms out of circulation and putting those involved in this potentially deadly activity before the courts and behind bars.”

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