25 May 2017 – A man accused of breaching the safe storage conditions on his firearm certificate has pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Carl Draper, 36, of Lakeside Drive, Brent, London, pleaded guilty on the 10th February to one charge of failing to comply with the safe storage condition on his FAC.
It was said, on the charge laid before Central London Magistrates’ Court as drawn up by the British Transport Police, that Draper did not store his firearms “securely so as to prevent access to firearms or ammunition by an unauthorised person”.
The offence he pleaded guilty to was said to have been committed while he was at Cavalier House on the Uxbridge Road in west London. Cavalier House is a residential complex of flats about halfway between Ealing Broadway and West Ealing railway stations, several miles away from Earl’s Court.
Draper is due to appear at Central London Magistrates’ Court at 2pm today. It is not clear what that hearing is for but it is likely, in UKSN’s author’s view, to be a sentencing hearing. UKSN will not be attending due to day job commitments.
Draper was originally arrested in May last year at Earl’s Court Tube Station on suspicion of: possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence; possession of a firearm while drunk in a public place; possession of a bladed article; and possession of ammunition in a public place.
“The alarm was raised by a fellow passenger in the early hours of Saturday morning, on the District Line train near Earl’s Court,” the Evening Standard reported at the time. It seems the unidentified passenger pulled the emergency communication handle after spotting “weapons” in the man’s possession.
From the details available in the court listings that UKSN has seen, it is not clear how those allegations evolved into a guilty plea to failure to securely store firearms at a location which was not Earl’s Court Tube Station, or indeed London Underground property at all.