Penicuik pensioner (80) faces prison

The High Court in Edinburgh
The High Court in Edinburgh

An 80-year-old Penicuik man has been warned he faces a five-year jail sentence after a prohibited target pistol was found in his shop.

The heavily-corroded firearm was among items removed from Eric Miller’s business which sold military memorabilia.

Advocate depute Alan Cameron told the High Court in Edinburgh last Wednesday that possession of such a prohibited weapon carried with it a minimum five-year sentence of imprisonment.

Solicitor advocate Leanne McQuillan said Miller would be seeking to rely on exceptional circumstances to persuade the court to depart from imposing the minimum sentence.

Miller, of Mauricewood Park, admitted possessing the prohibited weapon at the premises of Field & Stream, Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh, on May 23 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to carrying on a business as a knife dealer without having the required licence and displaying for sale air weapons without being registered as a firearms dealer.

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