A drug addict who kept a revolver and ammunition under his mattress for his drug dealer has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Liam Kelly’s life was described by a Judge as “the sad and dispiriting story of someone ruined by drugs”.
Kelly, 32, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition and being concerned in offering heroin and crack cocaine for sale.
Richard Milne prosecuting said on March 15 this year police raided Kelly’s room in a house in Goldington Avenue, Bedford.
He was out but returned as the search was taking place. They found the weapon -a 1906 American revolver- and seven rounds of live ammunition under his mattress.
They also seized his mobile phone which revealed he had been involved in supplying Class A drugs.
The court was told that the weapon had been used to fire shots at a house in Bedford last year.
Mark Nichols defending said Kelly had been doing well in his life until he had a mental breakdown and suffered depression. He was unable to work, his relationship broke down and he turned to drugs.
But since his remand in prison he has become involved in work and counselling others and has been given a rare award for going above and beyond his duty.
Judge Michael Kay QC told Kelly on Friday: “The weapon was handed to you by your drug dealer because no doubt you were in debt to him.
“Dealers need people like you, and will hook you in so they can use you to hide firearms and to distribute drugs for them.
“You are the one who ends up in court, and those higher up do not.
“This is a sad and dispiriting story of someone ruined by drugs. Your addiction has ruined your life.”
The Judge passed the minimum five year sentence for possessing the revolver with an additional 18 months for the drugs offences.