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Gangster's moll' had gun in video

PUBLISHED: 15:52 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

A GANGSTER S moll who looked after a shotgun for a crook has been jailed for three years. Kerry Korner, 23, of Cornish Grove, Penge, was found in possession of a modified weapon and 17 rounds of ammunition when police raided her home on April 30 last y

A "GANGSTER'S moll" who looked after a shotgun for a crook has been jailed for three years.

Kerry Korner, 23, of Cornish Grove, Penge, was found in possession of a modified weapon and 17 rounds of ammunition when police raided her home on April 30 last year.

She pleaded guilty to possession of prohibited items and of small amounts of heroin and cocaine, which were also found at her home.

Prosecuting, Hamish Reid told Croydon Crown Court that Korner was the only one in the house at the time. He added: "In a cupboard was a TV and a video unit. In the video slot was some material which an officer could not remove. A more vigorous attempt was made and the back of the unit came off.

"Inside was a black shotgun and ammo."

The gun, designed to fire 8mm blank cartridges, had been converted to fire 8mm projectiles.

The 17 rounds had been altered, with pellets fitted into the heads, making them usable in the shotgun.

Mr Reid added: "In interview, she said she had effectively been intimidated into looking after them for someone else."

Molly Pinkus, defending, said: "She had never directly handled the gun and had had no intention whatever of showing the weapon to anyone or of using it in any way at all. It was wrapped up all the time. She feels unable to say who was responsible for depositing the weapon in her house. She would give no information which would lead to her family suffering harm.

"This is an extremely troubled young woman who was taken advantage of by a seasoned criminal - someone whom she feared. She has suffered from depression and has had suicidal thoughts. She started to use heroin and crack."

The man who gave her the gun also gave her drugs, added Miss Pinkus.

Judge John Tanzer told Korner: "I accept you were vulnerable and you have a problem with drugs. You have been shown as a gangster's moll and were receiving drugs from that person.

"What you chose to do carries a very great risk. People who use guns kill, maim or frighten.

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