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The brother of an alleged murder victim has been jailed for possessing a hand gun and ammunition which police feared may have been used in a revenge attack.

Graham Bryden’s brother Jason died in a violent attack on 4 July in Kilmarnock.

Police raided the 45-year-old’s home in the town on 7 July following a tip-off and found a black Taurus revolver, ammunition and heroin worth £2,590.

Bryden was jailed for five years and eight months after he admitted possessing the gun, bullets and heroin.

Jailing Bryden at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Burns told him: “I have no reason to suppose your possession of these items was in connection with the drugs operation you were conducting from your house.

‘Exact retribution’

“The possession of a gun and ammunition was in some marginal respect as a result of the assault on and death off your brother.”

The court heard that police raided Bryden’s home in Kilmarnock three days after his brother’s death.

Advocate depute Paul Brown, prosecuting, said: “Police were concerned about the prospect of an attempt by the accused to exact retribution on the men accused of committing this crime.

“There was further information available to the police that the accused was also dealing in drugs.”

The court heard that Bryden’s home was searched and the handgun was found on top of a cabinet in the kitchen, alongside a black zipped bag containing nine rounds of ammunition.

Nine wraps of heroin were found under a rug in the lounge and another in the tumble dryer.

Mr Brown told the court: “The revolver was in working order, but it was in a condition that could have been hazardous to the person firing it. In the opinion of expert it could case a potentially lethal injury if fired at a person.”

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A CRAZED English Defence League supporter from Rowley Regis has been jailed for brandishing an air rifle as he shouted racial abuse at a Muslim family’s home.

Neighbours of the Muslim family were terrified after seeing Shaun Havelin, aged 28, screaming and shouting racial taunts with the gun whilst wearing an EDL sweater.

The incident was sparked after an argument with his mother at her Warley Hall Road in which he shook his beloved sweater in her face and said: “I want to die in this.”

He then charged round to the Muslim’s family’s house in a nearby street not realising they were not at home.

Judge Martin Walsh told Havelin it was clear his anger had been directed at the house where the Muslim family lived.

He said: “Members of the public who saw you were in fear for their personal safety.”

Miss Sarah Pratt, prosecuting, said: “The gun was pointed towards the floor but his finger was on the trigger and his other hand was holding the barrel.

“People who saw him were very scared fearing he would be able to quickly lift the rifle and fire at them because in the dark, they did not know it was an unloaded air rifle.”

Keith Ingram just happened to be in the street and he later told police officers he believed he could have been shot and he reflected on the incident on a daily basis.

Havelin was bailed by police after his arrest and he appeared before Crown Court to deny charges but after learning his mother was to be a witness for the prosecution he warned her he would make sure she never gave evidence before smashing a window in her car.

Miss Pratt said he was allowed bail again and after bumping into a former partner by chance near Blackheath High Street Havelin punched her hard in the face fracturing an eye socket.

Havelin, of Ruskin Avenue, admitted possessing a firearm, witness intimidation and causing grievous bodily harm and the judge further made a five year restraining order forbidding him from having any contact with his ex-partner.

Mr Nathan Cook defending stressed Havelin had not pointed the rifle at anyone and told the court he realised the distress he had caused to people in the area.

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A drug dealing English Defence League supporter slashed two men with a cut throat razor during a brutal gang attack at a pub.

Twenty-six year-old Marcus Ward went on the run for two-and-a-half years following the attack in March 2010, only handing himself in to police in September last year.

Judge Jonathan Foster QC branded Ward a ‘dangerous man’ at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court as he jailed him a total of 11 years. Ward and fellow supporters of the far-right organisation visited the Oddfellows in Middleton following a march in Bolton.

But the gang, who were wearing English Defence League clothing and carrying EDL flags, were asked to leave the Oldham Road pub by the concerned landlord due to their rowdy behaviour.

When the landlord went outside to explain why he had asked them to leave he was punched and kicked in the face.

Two bystanders went to help the landlord, when Ward, formerly of North Street, Boarshaw, assaulted them with a cut-throat razor.

One victim was left with a 15cm cut to the back of his head and a cut lip. The other suffered slashes running from his left shoulder to his back. One wound was so serious he needed surgery.

The court was told Ward was one of eight children raised by a father who was described by the judge as a violent ‘habitual criminal’, after his mother left home when he was four years old.

Ward was on bail for firearms offences at the time of the attack. He was caught with a pistol and a sawn-off shotgun with rounds of ammunition during a police search of his former home.

Police also found an air rifle, a crossbow, a machete, £5,413 worth of cannabis, £160 in cash, a dealers’ list and some snap bags.

Ward, who had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon, and pleaded guilty to two counts of firearms possession, possession of ammunition and possession of cannabis with intent to supply, told the court that the firearms belonged to his late father, who had asked him to look after them for him.

He denied that he kept firearms for protection because he was dealing drugs.

Ward, who admitted that he did sell drugs to friends, but said it wasn’t on a large scale, said: “He was pretty strict my old man and whatever he said went. I didn’t feel that I could refuse his request.”

Ward was sentenced to a total of 11 years imprisonment, with six-and-a-half years concurrent for possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of a shotgun and possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and four-and-a-half years concurrent for two charges of section 18 wounding and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a cut-throat razor and violent disorder.

After sentencing Detective Inspector Andy Butterworth said: “This is a dangerous individual who was pursued relentlessly by the police.”

Manchester Evening News