The Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) has welcomed the sentencing of Craig Taylor at Downpatrick Crown Court on Tuesday 8th January for possession of firearms and possession of ammunition in suspicious circumstances. Mr Taylor (28) was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment (half to be served in custody and half on licence) for the offences.
Detective Sergeant Ruston from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force said: “Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, searched Mr Taylor’s home in Newtownards in January 2018 and found parts of a sawn-off shotgun including a shotgun barrel and stock, a trigger mechanism and 22 shotgun cartridges.
“It is likely that this weapon could have been used to maim or kill and I welcome today’s sentencing for this serious offence. As a result of our operation this firearm has been put beyond use and can no longer cause harm.
“Paramilitaries control their communities through fear and violence and have no legitimate place in our society. This case demonstrates our commitment to disrupting and dismantling paramilitary groups so that communities can thrive and be free from the coercive control of these parasites.
“I would appeal for anyone with information regarding criminality by paramilitary organisations to contact police on 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”