Autistic gun collector is sent to jail for five years

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A collector who had an arsenal of guns and bullets at his Blackpool home has been locked up for five years.

Neil Incorvaya, 48, effectively led police to his front door when he showed a fellow community service worker one of his firearms at lunchtime.

The trouble is, you were a collector of these guns, some of which were deactivated, some were not

Judge Lunt

The shocked man reported what he had seen to community service organisers and police were called.

Officers raided Incorvaya’s Marton home on February 28, discovering four handguns, a long- barrelled rifle, a Browning rifle and ammunition, including expanding ammunition.

Incorvaya, who has autism, was jailed for five years after admitting eight different charges

Judge Beverley Lunt said she was not imposing a longer sentence because of Incorvaya’s “limited antecedents.”

Incorvaya’s defence had been set to argue he should be spared the usually mandatory minimum five-year jail term for possessing a prohibited firearm because of the condition.

His barrister Rosalind Emsley-Smith had earlier said he had a compulsion to collect things because of his autism and did not understand how serious the case was.

A medical report had been ordered on the defendant.

But, when Incorvaya appeared for sentence, the defence did not pursue an “exceptional circumstances” claim against the five year term.

Miss Emsley-Smith said of the report: “It did not give us the evidence to pursue a reason not to impose the five year minimum term because it did not state that he was struggling to the extent he would have to for that submission to have any type of substance.”

The defendant, of Devona Avenue, Marton, had admitted eight charges - two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm, possessing a pistol, three counts of possessing a firearm without a firearms certificate, possessing expanding ammunition and possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate.

Miss Emsley-Smith had earlier told Judge Beverley Lunt at Burnley Crown Court that Incorvaya was a hoarder.

She said as well as weapons, he had about 50 cars, and also mobile phones and watches.

The barrister said he would collect things, which he would take apart and then put back together.

Miss Emsley-Smith handed Judge Lunt a “raft” of testimonials on the defendant’s behalf before sentencing.

Passing sentence, the judge said it was a “bizarre set of circumstances” which led to the guns and ammunition being found.

Judge Lunt, who had read pre-sentence and psychiatric reports on Incorvaya, told him: “I have read all the information there is about you and there is a lot to consider about you.”

She told the court: “There is no evidence he is a danger to the public. There is no evidence this collection was for any nefarious purposes.”

Judge Lunt said she was not imposing longer than the minimum five years as “five years is a very long time for somebody with his limited antecedents.”

The judge told the defendant: “The trouble is, you were a collector of these guns, some of which were deactivated, some were not.”

Judge Lunt said Incorvaya had moved the guns around and had kept them in a caravan, in stables and at his home, never really under any lock and key that would have protected the public.

She added: “You liked to have a collection of them. You have not used them.

“You were not even particularly keeping them a secret and that’s how these matters came to light.”