Edgbaston mum who had loaded gun at the home she shared with her children is jailed for five years
Written by Tristan Harris on October 5, 2018
AN EDGBASTON mum was jailed today for five years for allowing a loaded gun which shot a man dead to be stored at the home she shares with her children.
Selina Jarrett’s home in Bellevue was raided by officers from West Midlands Police’s Organised Crime and Gangs Unit on March 16 after police received intelligence she had a firearm at the address.
The Glock semi-automatic handgun loaded with six bullets was stuffed inside a sock in a hallway cupboard.
The 35-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition but in police interview claimed she was shocked at the gun discovery.
Ballistics experts from NABIS − the National Ballistics Intelligence Service – test fired the pistol to check the bullet markings and found it was the same one used in the shooting of Malakai McKenzie in Nottingham on April 21 2012.
She denied the offence and suggested it was stashed in her home without her knowledge but police provided compelling evidence linking her to the gun and she was found guilty by a 10-2 majority verdict on September 14.
Investigating officer PC Sharon Hetherington, said: “Selina is the mother of two young children but due to her actions she has now been taken away from them for several years.
“It’s shocking a mum could take a decision to keep a deadly weapon in her home.”
She added she ‘dreaded to think’ what would happen if the children would have stumbled across it.
“Her demeanour throughout the police interview was almost jovial – she was laughing and joking and was clearly confident we wouldn’t be able to convict her of possessing the gun.
“The seriousness of her offence is no doubt hitting home now, though, as she starts a long stint behind bars.
“This should serve as a powerful message to anyone who’s asked to hold guns for partners, relatives or friends.
“They are risking being taken away from their children, family and friends and spending several years in jail.”
NABIS confirmed the gun was also used in another shooting in Nottingham, in the Old Basford area, 22 days before the killing.
West Midlands Police Ch Supt Jo Chilton, Head of NABIS, said: “It’s not unusual for NABIS to identify firearms that have been discharged in crime many years after the event.
“This case shows how vital the work of NABIS is in linking firearms to crime, to enable investigators to bring offenders to justice.”
She urged anyone with any information on anyone involved in illegal firearms to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anyone who feels they are being pressured into storing firearms can call police on 101 for help or search WMP Online for advice.