A paramedic responding to a medical emergency made a chilling discovery. Kieran Kenny, a resident of Doncaster, was found in an inebriated state, drifting in and out of consciousness on East Lane, Stainforth, on 9 September 2022.
Kenny’s appearance suggested intoxication to such an extent that he had sustained facial injuries from a fall, with no indications of an altercation with others.
As the medics prepared to transport the 39-year-old to the hospital, the attending paramedic inadvertently stumbled upon a handgun and a separate magazine concealed in Kenny’s sock.
This alarming find led to the immediate deployment of firearms officers due to concerns that the weapon was loaded and the ammunition was genuine. Kenny confirmed these fears during questioning, stating that he had “activated it myself”.
After Kenny’s arrest on suspicion of firearms offences, and while he was receiving treatment for his injuries, a search of his residence unveiled a cache of 44 weapons, 12 of which appeared to be illicit. The assortment comprised machetes and swords, some with blades exceeding 50cm in length.
Residing at Clifton Court, Thorne, Kenny faced multiple charges. These encompassed five counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a private setting, being under the influence while in possession of a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition without proper certification, and owning a banned firearm. He confessed to all charges at Sheffield Crown Court on 5 December 2022.
DC Haider Ali, the investigating officer, voiced his concerns, emphasising the significant danger Kenny posed, especially while intoxicated. “The reason behind his arming himself remains a mystery. Firearms offences are grave, and we’re relieved to have confiscated the perilous arsenal Kenny unlawfully stored at home,” remarked Ali.
He further stressed the ongoing efforts of the Armed Crime Team in tackling the grave matter of gun-related crime and underscored that crimes involving firearms are unequivocally intolerable.
On 13 October 2023, Sheffield Crown Court sentenced Kenny to five years imprisonment.
Members of the public are urged to promptly report any concerns or information related to firearms in their vicinity by contacting the police at 101 or 999 for emergencies. To report anonymously, individuals can reach out to Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.
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