Man jailed for firearms offence in Wester Hailes

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A man who threatened a couple with a handgun in the Wester Hailes area of the city has been convicted.

Lee Andrew Connors was found guilty of a number of crimes, including attempted murder, firearms offences, domestic assault and a breach of the peace when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday 11 February 2016.

In October 2014, Connors attended at the address of a then 22-year-old woman where he became involved in an argument with her and her 28-year-old male partner.

Following this exchange Connors drove off from the area before returning a short time later and pointing a handgun at both victims.

The gun failed to fire and the 30-year-old made off in his vehicle again.

Police were then contacted and a major investigation was carried out, which resulted in the firearm and ammunition being recovered.

Connors was subsequently detained before being arrested and charged.

He will now be sentenced on 16 March 2016.

Detective Inspector John Kavanagh from Corstorphine Police Station said:

Lee Andrew Connors was responsible for causing considerable fear and alarm to his victims when he pointed the gun and pulled the trigger.

Thankfully this incident did not result in any injury to either individual and a significant police inquiry was launched to trace Connors and bring him to justice.

His conviction should serve as a reminder to others that Police Scotland will not tolerate gun crime and will utilise all resources at our disposal to identify those responsible for such offences and remove them from our communities.

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