A ‘dangerous’ man disarmed a gunman who’d just fired the weapon and took it to his partner’s house to hide in a garden, a court heard.
Clive Wallace, 33, has received a ten year sentence for his part in a ‘large scale incident’ in Cheetham Hill after people left a nightclub in the early hours.
A Glock handgun was fired into the air after a group of up to 20 men had congregated around an Audi A3.
A court was told no-one appeared to have been seriously hurt following the incident, which erupted between Broughton Street and Cheetwood Road.
The judge said Wallace took the weapon away from the gunman, held it and attempted to ‘rack’ it, ‘intending that it should cause fear of violence’.
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Wallace punched the man to the floor, then took the gun to his partner’s home where it was hidden in a garden under some astro turf, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
The woman, named by police as 27-year-old Amy Quinn from Oldham, is due to be sentenced in March after admitting possessing a firearm.
At Wallace’s court hearing, he was declared a ‘dangerous offender’, and was sentenced to eight years in jail with an extra two years on licence.
Wallace has previous convictions for possessing a firearm and attempted robbery, the court was told.
Prosecutors told how police became aware of the incident in Cheetham Hill, which occurred after 5am on July 14, 2019, through CCTV footage.
Blows were seen to be exchanged by some of those involved, with one or two people knocked to the floor, prosecutor Darren Preston said.
The footage showed an unknown male point the gun into the air before it was ‘discharged’.
Wallace was seen to move towards the gunman and take the weapon from him.
He put it down the front of his trousers, later holding it front of him and trying to ‘rack’ the gun.
Wallace, a disqualified driver, left the scene in a car.
Then on July 25, police went to the home of his then partner.
“The Crown’s case is that the defendant took the gun there for her to hide,” Mr Preston said.
The court heard the gun had been put under some AstroTurf in the garden of the property, in Bankfield Drive, Oldham.
Wallace was arrested when police stopped him in a taxi in Ashton-under-Lyne, and he was found to have a knife.
Defending, Barry Grennan said Wallace was not initially involved in the incident and took the weapon to ‘diffuse’ the situation.
He said Wallace disputes ‘racking’ the gun and said he was ‘never going to use the weapon to injure anybody’.
Sentencing, Judge Tina Landale said the situation ‘escalated from threatening behaviour into violence’.
She said: “One of those people present had brought a handgun to the scene, which he discharged.
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“That might have brought most people to their senses, but rather than leaving you took the gun from him, and held it in front of you in plain sight, intending that it should cause fear of violence.
“You escaped from the scene by driving a vehicle that you had borrowed for the weekend, still with the gun in your possession.
“The inference is that you kept possession of the gun until nine days later when you took it to the address of a female and she hid it in her garden.”
Wallace was found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
He admitted violent disorder, two counts of driving while disqualified, possessing a firearm while prohibited, possessing a prohibited firearm, and possessing a blade.
After the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Joe Harrop, from GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: “Wallace was clearly a dangerous individual and the firearm we found could have ended up being the weapon that led to someone losing their life.
“This sentence sends a message out to those who are involved in crime or have weapons and dangerous firearms in their possession – we will take action.
“I hope this reassures members of the public that Greater Manchester Police is committed to making our communities safer. This sort of crime remains one of our priorities at GMP and we will continue to tackle the issue.
“Though officers proactively gather intelligence, these investigations rely somewhat on those who live and work in our communities. I would therefore like to use this opportunity to encourage anyone with information about serious or organised crime to contact us or Crimestoppers, anonymously.”