Jailed; Woman who hid gun connected to fatal Birmingham shooting

Deanne Gordon - picture from West Midlands Police
Deanne Gordon – picture from West Midlands Police

A gun connected to a fatal shooting in Birmingham was found stashed in the bedroom of a jewellery shop worker a court heard.

Derek Junior Myers, 25, was killed and another man seriously injured in the shooting in at a Soho Hill pool hall last October.

A police raid six weeks later uncovered a revolver linked to the deadly shooting at the home of Deanne Gordon in the Ladywood area of the city.

The 35-year-old claimed to have found the weapon stashed behind bins near her home but her explanation was rejected by a judge.

She was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition at Birmingham Crown Court.

Judge Richard Bond said; “I reject out of hand the explanation you gave to police.

“I sentence you on the basis you were looking after this gun and bullets for a gang member and you knew that.

“The reality is this; that weapon was used in a murder so any time somebody takes possession of such a lethal weapon they run the risk of being connected to a weapon used in the most serious criminal offences on the statute book.

“It’s well known in this city such items are used by gangs affiliated with drugs and money laundering.

“The consequences of a person being in possession are obvious. These items are designed to kill and maim.”

Derek Junior Myers
Derek Junior Myers

The court was told Gordon led a responsible life and was not part of the city’s gun culture.

But judge Bond told her; “By storing such a weapon you make yourself part of that gun culture.

“If people like you were not willing to hold such guns for people there wouldn’t be so many lethal weapons in circulation on the streets of Birmingham.”

Madhu Rai, prosecuting, said police executed a warrant at the home Gordon shared with her mum on December 15 last year.

They found the revolver and 12 bullets stashed in a plastic box and wrapped in clothes.

Forensic analysis linked the weapon to the shooting in which Derek Junior Myers was killed on October 30 last year.

Three men have been arrested an bailed in connection with the shooting which also left another man with life changing injuries.

When Gordon arrived at her home she told police the weapon had nothing to do with her mum and that she found it stashed behind bins near their home.

Miss Rai told the court; “The gun was linked to a murder and an attempted murder in Soho Hill in October 2015.

“She (Gordon) provided a prepared statement and she maintained she had recently observed cars coming to a bin shed outside the house.

“She says she went out on one occasion and saw a white bag, she shook the bag and it was heavy.

“She realised it was a weapon and brought the bag inside the address.”

Gordon claimed she spoke to a friend who told her to hide the weapon otherwise she would be arrested.

Gurdeep Garcha, defending, said since a prison term for drugs offences in 2002, Gordon had gained qualifications and was working in a jewellers in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

He said; “She had remained out of trouble and led a positive and law abiding life.

“This is someone whose life does not revolve around crime or criminal activity.

“She is rightly ashamed of her involvement in this offence.”

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