Gun dealer’s sentence ruled ‘unduly lenient’

Police seized 240 items including weapons from flat in Kentish Town

Thursday, 3rd June 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby

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Darren Dixon

A GUN dealer jailed for keeping a stash of weapons in his Kentish Town home has had his prison sentence increased after a judge said his original punishment was “unduly lenient”.

Officers raided Darren Dixon’s flat, where he lived with his partner and two-year-old daughter, in October 2019 and found what was later described in court as an “armoury”.

The 32-year-old’s arsenal included 26 guns, explosives, 102 rounds of live ammunition, zombie knives, garrottes and fake police ID cards.

In all, 240 items were seized from the apartment where they had been stored unsecured, some being found in his daughter’s bedroom.

At the time of his arrest, Dixon told officers he had “a bit of an addiction” to guns.

He was charged with 15 offences and in March this year was handed an eight-year sentence at Southwark Crown Court.

But the Solicitor General Lucy Frazer QC appealed against this sentence, arguing at a Court of Appeal hearing last Wednesday that it did not reflect the seriousness of the crimes.

At his trial, Dixon’s defence counsel argued his client’s “obsession” with firearms and police-related items had stemmed from his failed attempts to join the force.

He was also deemed of previous good character and a number of friends, family, and a prison chaplain, had written in support of him.

But prosecutors labelled him “a signifi­cant importer and supplier of weapons”.

Dixon had become the focus of a joint National Crime Agency and Met Police operation when he was detected buying and selling firearms internationally online.

He bought guns from websites based in Spain and Slovenia, and sold on to buyers around the UK including London, Wolverhampton, Sheffield and Dunfermline in Scotland. As well as the weapons themselves,

Dixon had tools to reactivate decom­missioned firearms. Forgeries of identification documents he had in his possession were described as “sophisticated”.

Three judges in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division said they had found the original ruling of eight years imprisonment too lenient and increased it by three years to 11. Dixon will have to serve at least half the sentence before being released.

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