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Painter and decorator cleared on gun charges says ‘it’s been a nightmare’

today30 June 2022

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A painter and decorator has spoken of his “nightmare” five years over serious gun charges which could have left him serving a hefty period in jail. Speaking outside Nottingham Crown Court after Aaron Tucker and his co-accused were found not guilty, he said he was delighted after the jury cleared them on every charge.

Mr Tucker, 40, of Hollis Street, New Basford, told how his last conviction was in 2012 and how he had carved a career as a painter and decorator. “I’ve been on this trial for five years. You can’t progress and can’t move forward.

“It affects your mental health, it really does. I’m delighted. I denied everything. I had nothing to do with it. It’s been a nightmare five years and I’m glad it’s over and I can move on with my life.”

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Tucker and others faced a lengthy trial, and tense wait for the jury’s not guilty verdicts, for allegedly being involved in the onward movement of firearms and ammunition which were previously stolen in a burglary. Those on trial were not among the burglars who took the weapons and ammo.

Three other men had violently burgled a farmhouse in Derbyshire and demanded keys to a safe. They took a shotgun, jewellery and cash, and left the occupants locked in a room to ensure there would be a delay before police were called.

The prosecution’s case was the defendants were only involved in what happened to the firearms after the burglary. Curtis Dawes, 26, of Duke Street, New Basford, Tucker, Maxwell Opoku, 35, of Ellis Court, St Ann’s, Mohammed Waheed, 33, of Dominic Court, Stone, Staffordshire, Kylan McClaren, 32, of Lower Parliament Street/Milton Street, Nottingham, Dean Haynes, 34, Whitehorse Road, Bircotes, and Daniel Greenwood, 31, of no fixed address, all pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to possess a shotgun with intent to cause a person to believe that unlawful violence will be used against him or another and were found not guilty by a jury on Thursday, June 30.

The shotgun was a reference to the gun taken in the burglary. Dean Haynes’ barrister, Rhodri James, told Nottinghamshire Live on behalf of his client: “He is delighted to put the last five years behind him.”

Defendants Mr Dawes and Mr Opoku faced a second allegation of possessing shotgun parts on June 23, 2017, and they were both found not guilty. Mr Tucker was accused of further allegations alone, all denied and all met with not guilty verdicts, of: Possessing two prohibited guns and ammunition without holding a current firearm certificate.

The judge told them they were discharged in the case. Dawes is now facing sentencing on August 30, however, after he pleaded guilty separately to two charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply. Addressing the jury, the judge made an exception on jury service for 10 years.

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