Former Brancaster gamekeeper admits ammunition charge

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A former gamekeeper has admitted illegally holding thousands of gun cartridges at his home, despite police leaving them behind when they seized his weapons.

Jonathan Sharman, 52, formerly of Dalegate Road, Brancaster, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing firearm ammunition without a valid certificate when he appeared in court in Lynn yesterday.

He was given a 12 month community order, containing 200 hours of unpaid work over the haul of around 2,500 cartridges, which was seized earlier this year.

But mitigating solicitor Alistair Taunton said the case may not have come to court at all if his client had accepted a caution offered by police.

The court heard Sharman’s guns had been seized last year when his firearms certificate was revoked, following an incident outside the county.

Mr Taunton said Sharman, who has worked as a gamekeeper for 35 years, had shown the ammunition to the officers, who said they would return for it as they did not have sufficient room for it in their van.

However, he accepted he should have done more to ensure it was disposed of.

Earlier, Alison Cotterill, prosecuting, said the ammunition had been recovered when police executed a search warrant on February 23.

She added that, when interviewed, Sharman told police he didn’t know how the items should have been stored properly.

Sharman was also ordered to pay £85 costs, plus a £60 victim surcharge.