Regina v Nelson (Scott) and another – WLR Daily

Posted October 31st, 2016 in appeals, assisting offenders, firearms, indictments, law reports by sally

Regina v Nelson (Scott) and another [2016] EWCA Crim 1517

‘The defendants, S and N, were members of a gang. The police were on high alert on a housing estate because they were aware that the defendants’ gang might mount a revenge attack on a rival gang. S ran towards a police officer who shouted to him to stop but S pulled out a submachine gun and fired one shot which missed the police officer. S ran off and hid in a block of flats where he disposed of the gun but was eventually arrested. He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, contrary to section 16 of the Firearms Act 1968. Following the shooting incident N had hidden the gun in the loft where it was found six months later. He was charged with possession of a prohibited firearm, contrary to section 5(1)(a) and (aba) of the 1968 Act, and assisting an offender, contrary to section 4(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967. N applied for leave to appeal against conviction on the ground that the judge had erred in law in failing to direct the jury to consider the two counts which he faced as alternatives when they arose out of a single transaction.’

WLR Daily, 20th October 2016