Autism led man to ‘hoard’ guns

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A “hoarder” was found with an arsenal of guns and bullets at his Blackpool home after he showed off a firearm to a colleague he met while doing community service work.

Police raided Neil Incorvaya’s Devona Avenue home, in Marton, where they seized four handguns, a Browning rifle, a long-barrelled rifle and 

Preston Crown Court heard the 48-year-old had a “compulsion to collect” the guns and other items because he had autism and tended to hoard things.

He previously admitted eight charges, including two of possessing a prohibited weapon. He also admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate and possessing expanding ammunition.

The court heard the raid was sparked by an incident in February last year when Incorvaya had been doing community service near his home.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said at lunchtime he went home and took one of his colleagues with him. He showed him a firearm, which the man later reported to the people running the community service programme.

The information was then passed on to police who raided the home on February 28 last year.

Miss Kehoe said: “The defendant himself was very honest when officers attended.”

Rosalind Emsley-Smith, defending, argued her client should be spared the normally mandatory five-year jail term for possessing a prohibited firearm because of his 
autism, which meant he did not understand the seriousness of the case.

She added: “He doesn’t only collect weapons. He has about 50 cars parked in the garden area of his land.

“He also collects mobile phones, watches. He likes to collect things, take them apart and reassemble them for no other reason than his autistic diagnosis.

“It is clearly a part of a feature of his mental disorder.”

She said counting items he buys in bulk at car boot sales helps “calm” him, adding: “He desperately needs mental health intervention.

“This is a truly desperate situation for the whole of his family”.

Sentencing was adjourned so a report can be obtained from a specialist in autism.

Incorvaya was remanded on bail for sentencing at Burnley Crown Court on May 29.