A woman has been jailed after hiding a loaded sawn-off shotgun behind her bed’s headboard for her boyfriend.
Ria Clark, 21, was sentenced to two years imprisonment at Luton Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition.
She was arrested in March 2019 after police discovered the lethal weapon in her bedroom.
The shotgun had a cartridge in the breach, ready to be fired. Police also found another cartridge and a live 9mm bullet in a chest of drawers.
Clark had been keeping the gun behind her bed on behalf of her partner, Victor Owoyinfa, 22, also from Luton.
He was jailed for five years last year for possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition and another weapons offence.
Detective Inspector Dave Skarratts said: “Although Clark did not own the gun, she was still complicit in her boyfriend’s criminality by allowing him to store it in her home.
“The loyalty you may feel towards your partner is not worth the risk of a criminal record, let alone a lengthy spell behind bars, and we hope this sends a message to others who may be tempted to store a weapon for their partner.
“Gun crime has the potential to have a devastating impact on the communities in Bedfordshire.
“This is why we are working closely with Bedfordshire Police’s Boson team to remove illegal weapons such as this one from circulation, and put dangerous offenders behind bars.”
The principal reason criminals cut off some of the barrel from a shotgun is to make it easier to conceal and also, the ammunition travels a much shorter distance, which gives the shooter a better chance of hitting the target.