A woman found guilty of keeping a pistol and ten bullets at a Northampton flat for her drug dealer boyfriend sobbed after being told she could face up to five years in prison.
Kimberley Finley, of Tresham Green, Dallington, had pleaded not guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon and ammunition for a firearm without a certificate at an earlier hearing.
The gun and ammo was found during a police investigation into Finley’s then partner, Junior Reid, who was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison on August 15 last year for a string of class A drug supply offences.
Yesterday, a Northampton Crown Court jury found Finley guilty of both charges, which date back to March 2013, following a trial.
The 21-year-old, accompanied in court by her family, broke down on hearing the verdict.
Recorder Robert Egbuna told Finley she should expect a lengthy prison sentence.
He said: “The law in relation to firearms and ammunition is particularly severe.
“In the circumstances, the sentence that I will impose has to be a minimum sentence set by law, because of what any live weapon could be used for.
“The sentence when someone has a prohibited firearm is five years unless there are exceptional circumstances.”
Defending for Finley, Nick De Freitas, said the defendant should be given bail and placed on a curfew before her sentencing.
He told the recorder: “She has a rented place of residence, I would ask that, as she knows she is going to receive a custodial prison sentence, she is allowed time to put her affairs in order.
“There will almost certainly be a situation where things will be discarded from her flat if she does not return there.”
But recorder Egbuna said the crime was too serious to allow her bail.
“It is quite clear that whatever happens, this gun was kept there with your knowledge by Junior Reid,” he said.
The recorder adjourned the sentencing until next month, for probation reports.