Don't mix drink and guns...Ow!

  1. Drunk who fired gun into groin sent to jail

    By Paul Stokes

    (Filed: 14/07/2004)


    A drunken roofer who shot himself in the groin after stuffing a sawn-off shotgun down his trousers was jailed for five years yesterday under new firearms legislation.

    David Walker, 28, drank 15 pints of lager during an all-day binge before arguing with his best friend over who should buy the next round.

    He staggered the 200 yards from the pub to his home where he loaded the shotgun, which had its single barrel shortened to 15 inches.

    Walker pushed it inside his trousers but, as he returned to the pub, it went off.

    Sheffield Crown Court was told that his testicles were seriously injured and that he still had pellets embedded in his scrotum four months later.

    Further tests are needed to assess whether he is still fertile or will be able to have sex.

    Walker, from Dinnington, near Rotherham, South Yorks, admitted possessing a prohibited firearm.

    He denied possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and intent to cause fear of violence. Those charges were allowed to lie on the file.

    Andrew Hatton, prosecuting, said Walker's mother had called an ambulance after she found him bleeding in their kitchen from the gunshot wound.

    Asked by police what his intentions had been, Walker replied: "I would probably have come to my senses. I don't know what I was thinking at the time. I had a lot to drink."

    Under new regulations contained in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and incorporated into the 1968 Firearms Act, there is a minimum sentence of five years for anyone who is convicted of possessing a prohibited firearm.

    Walker committed his offence six weeks after the legislation became active.



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  3. by   oramar
    Sorry he shot himself but anyone that drunk with a loaded gun could have just have easily shot an innocent person. If only all irresponsible people hurt only themselves like this fellow did.
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    Drunk who fired gun into groin sent to jail

    By Paul Stokes

    (Filed: 14/07/2004)


    A drunken roofer who shot himself in the groin after stuffing a sawn-off shotgun down his trousers was jailed for five years yesterday under new firearms legislation.

    David Walker, 28, drank 15 pints of lager during an all-day binge before arguing with his best friend over who should buy the next round.

    He staggered the 200 yards from the pub to his home where he loaded the shotgun, which had its single barrel shortened to 15 inches.

    Walker pushed it inside his trousers but, as he returned to the pub, it went off.

    Sheffield Crown Court was told that his testicles were seriously injured and that he still had pellets embedded in his scrotum four months later.

    Further tests are needed to assess whether he is still fertile or will be able to have sex.

    Walker, from Dinnington, near Rotherham, South Yorks, admitted possessing a prohibited firearm.

    He denied possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and intent to cause fear of violence. Those charges were allowed to lie on the file.

    Andrew Hatton, prosecuting, said Walker's mother had called an ambulance after she found him bleeding in their kitchen from the gunshot wound.

    Asked by police what his intentions had been, Walker replied: "I would probably have come to my senses. I don't know what I was thinking at the time. I had a lot to drink."

    Under new regulations contained in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and incorporated into the 1968 Firearms Act, there is a minimum sentence of five years for anyone who is convicted of possessing a prohibited firearm.

    Walker committed his offence six weeks after the legislation became active.



    Copyright of Telegraph Group Limited 2004.

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