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An islander who kept a shotgun for 30 years without firing a round was prosecuted for not having a licence.

Ian Mackenzie of Lower Bayble, Lewis, pleaded guilty when he appeared at Stornoway Sheriff Court.

The court heard the police did not know about the firearm until Mackenzie told them.

Lawyer, Ken Macdonald, said his client found the shotgun when clearing out a shop some three decades ago.

It was going to be dumped and the 67-year-old took it home.

The police were at his house on another matter when he revealed he had a firearm.

Even then, police officers couldn’t find the rusty gun and Mackenzie had to direct them to it, said the solicitor.

Sheriff David Sutherland imposed a £200 fine.

Old shotgun lands man in court

13 February 2017