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Goodmayes man jailed after hiding a sawn-off shotgun in family home

The weapon was found in Pawandeep Sanhu’s family home (Pics-Met Police) 

A Goodmayes man has been sentenced to more than six years imprisonment after concealing a sawn-off shotgun in his family home.

Pawandeep Sandhu, 21, was sentenced to six years in prison at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, 20 December for one count of possession of a prohibited firearm. 

He was handed an extra three months, which is to be served consecutively, for a previously suspended sentence for possession of a knife. 

The 21-year-old has pleaded guilty at an earlier appearance at the same court in August. 

Pawandeep Sandhu was sentenced to just over 6 years imprisonment

On Wednesday, 30 June, Sandhu was detained by officers at Seven Kings Park in Ilford and searched after he and two other males tried to evade the police. 

Officers searched him and found £492 in cash, an iPhone 8 and a number of personal items. 

They found a machete and two lock knifes discarded in the park where they’d first been seen. 

Following this police secured a warrant to search Sandhu’s family home where they found a single-barrelled, 12-bore folding shotgun, which had it’s barrel shortened in fully working order. 

They also located 61 shotgun cartridges for the gun in the house, some in a black bag, some in a sock and some in one of his jacket’s pockets.

Police found shotgun cartridges in a number of places at the property

Two Samurai swords, a metal safe containing bundles of cash (UK and foreign currency), a cardboard box of blank ammunition, a skeleton type face mask, black body armour vest, black gloves and a lock knife were all located in the property.

During an interview with the police, Sandhu claimed he’d only had the weapon for a few weeks but officers discovered a video on his phone which saw him showing off the weapon was dated to 2 March 2020. 

He was charged on Thursday, 1 July with possession of a shortened shotgun.

Detective Inspector Glenn Butler, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “The Met is always working to remove lethal weapons including guns and knives from the streets of London, taking them out of the hands of people who are a danger to our communities. I am incredibly pleased that another deadly firearm has been taken out of circulation and that the sentence reflects the seriousness of Sandhu’s actions.

“Those who carry and try to conceal weapons should have no doubt – we will use every tool at our disposal to protect our communities and put those intent on perpetrating serious violence behind bars.”

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