Edinburgh crime: Antique gun collector ordered to do unpaid work after child was found alone among collection of guns

Nicoll Graham bought the gun online from a dealer in Italy and had it mailed to his home in Edinburgh last year.

The package was discovered by Border Force agents before it went to the gun collector’s home and the police were called.

Police then raided Graham’s apartment where they found a young child alone next to a large collection of weapons that were said to be “strewn around the house”.

Nicoll Graham bought the gun online from a dealer in Italy and had it mailed to his home in Edinburgh last year.

During the search, Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court was told officers had discovered “a large number of replica and deactivated firearms” as well as “a crossbow, a number of bolts and large knives”.

All of the weapons found in the house in the Canonmills area of ​​the city were said to have been “out in the open” and there had been “no effort to conceal” the items.

Graham pleaded guilty to smuggling a lifelike firearm into the country and exposing a child to unnecessary suffering or injury to health when he appeared in capital sheriff’s court last month.

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The 41-year-old was back in court for sentencing on Friday, where Sheriff Donald Corke imposed a community payback order as an alternative to police custody.

The sheriff told Graham he had to do 120 hours of unpaid work in the community over the next 12 months.

Attorney Calum Turner told the court that his client “recovers decommissioned firearms and militaria” and that any weapons found in his home had been “properly decommissioned”.

Mr Turner said Graham had had a ‘lack of judgment’ in ordering the imitation handgun and was ‘remorseful for having placed [the child] in this position”.

The lawyer added: ‘His usual high standards when purchasing this item were not met.’

Earlier, the court had heard Border Force officers suspicious of a package imported from Italy addressed to Graham on February 25 last year.

Prosecutor Susan Dickson said: “[The officer] opened the box and observed the barrel of a gun. Firearms officers were present and it was confirmed to be a realistic imitation firearm.

“The police have been contacted and a warrant has been granted to search [Graham’s home].”

The tax deputy said police attended Graham’s home around 1.30pm on April 7 last year and found him outside the property with his dog.

Officers identified themselves and were allowed into the apartment where they found a 10-year-old child inside on his own.

Ms Dickson said Graham told officers he had ‘two handguns and two rifles in his room’ and was ‘able to produce the deactivation certificates for these items’.

The court also heard during the search that police discovered “a large number of replica and deactivated firearms” as well as “a crossbow, a number of bolts and large knives”.

All weapons were “out in the open” and there had been “no effort to conceal” the items.

The court was told that “a very large number of knives” were also found on the property.

Graham pleaded guilty to smuggling a lifelike fake firearm, namely a fake handgun, into Britain on February 25 last year.

He also admitted to deliberately exposing a child to unnecessary suffering or damage to his health and left him alone with exposure to numerous knives, imitation firearms, ammunition and crossbows at his home on April 7th. ‘last year.

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