A pair from Sutton have been jailed for a total of 17 years between them after a firearm was found in a Louis Vuitton bag.
Bekki Dean, 27, Woburn Road, Carshalton, and Bradley Clancy, 39, of no fixed address, were sentenced to five and 12 years in prison, respectively, when they appeared at Croydon Crown Court today (Thursday, February 11).
In September of last year, following a trial, Dean was found guilty of conspiracy to transfer a firearm, and possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Clancy was found guilty of possession of ammunition and a firearm with intent to endanger life. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to transfer a firearm.
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Just before 9pm on August 14 2019, specialist firearms officers, and officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command stopped a black Volkswagen Polo in Peterborough Road in Carshalton.
The vehicle was being driven by Dean, who was removed from the car in order for the officers to search it.
When she was stopped, Dean was on the phone to someone listed in her contacts as ‘Bradley’.
She was asked if there was anything in the car she should tell the officers about before they carried out the search, to which she replied that there was a gun in a Louis Vuitton (LV) bag.
The brown LV bag was on the front passenger seat and within that was a smaller black bag, which had a pistol and a magazine containing multiple rounds of ammunition inside.
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The gun was found to be a Glock model 19, 9mm Parabellum calibre self-loading pistol, with a cartridge magazine that was loaded with a number of cartridges.
Dean was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. She made no comment when she was cautioned, and was taken to a south London police station.
During the interview, she gave a prepared statement claiming that she was under duress to transport the gun by a man who she was completely intimidated by and truly in fear of.
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She made no reply to all other questions and did not provide any details as to who this person was. She was asked who Bradley was and whether he had anything to do with this firearm at the time, but did not provide any details.
She was charged soon afterwards.
Following a search of Dean’s phone, Bradley Clancy was identified from a picture of his driving licence.
Officers located and arrested Clancy on October 17 2019 in connection with the investigation, and he was later released. DNA evidence showed that Clancy had been in previous contact with the gun that was being transported.
Clancy was again arrested and charged with conspiring to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life/enable another to do so.
Detective constable Andy Snazell, who lead the investigation, said: “The stop on this vehicle led to the safe removal of a dangerous firearm from the streets of London and the subsequent investigation has resulted in these convictions.
“Today’s sentence results show how seriously the police and courts take gun crime offences and as a result of their actions, Dean and Clancy will be spending a significant number of years behind bars.”