Sheffield duo sentenced for possession of firearm

Date published: 11 November 2019 10:01
Dated: 11 November 2019 09:59:17
Two men who were found with a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition in their car in Shiregreen earlier this year have been sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court (8 November).

Leon Waite, 21, of Birch House Avenue was found guilty of possessing a firearm at a previous hearing and on Friday was sentenced to six years in prison, with a further three months to run concurrently for being a passenger in a stolen car.

Derice Cohen, 18, of no fixed abode, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and on Friday received a four year sentence. He received an additional three months to run concurrently for driving a stolen car.

On Thursday 23 May this year, a member of the public reported her vehicle had been stolen from outside her home in the Lowedges area of Sheffield.

DC Vicky Kenny, investigating, said: “Several days later, firearms officers located the vehicle parked up in Shiregreen. It appeared to be unoccupied and was in darkness.

“As officers approached the vehicle they found Cohen sat in the driver’s seat with a fully loaded, double barrelled shotgun and ammunition next to him on the passenger seat. Waite, it transpired, was in the boot. Both men were swiftly arrested.

“Undoubtedly these are two very dangerous men and I am satisfied with the sentences they have received today. We are working extremely hard to take weapons off the streets of Sheffield, and I hope this goes some way to reassure the public of this.”

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Henderson said: “Whilst there is no doubt in my mind that Sheffield is a safer place with these individuals in prison, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure criminals know the people of South Yorkshire will not tolerate firearms on our streets.

“If you have information, which could help us put those involved in serious and organised crime before the courts, let us know and we will take positive action.”
(L-R) Cohen & Waite

(L-R) Cohen & Waite

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