Man’s row with friend leads police to his ‘alarming’ stash in bedroom. Police were called to Jamie Mee’s address after an alleged assault on his female flatmate.
A man’s “alarming collection of weapons” was discovered when he argued with a flatmate about a large electricity bill.
Police were called to Jamie Mee’s home in Kirkby after he was alleged to have assaulted a female friend during a “dispute”.
She told officers about his collection of guns, knives, crossbows, and 48 knuckledusters when officers arrived on Hawthorne Drive.
“Officers were notified he had weapons in his bedroom, which is almost an understatement,” prosecutor Michael Stephenson said.
Liverpool Crown Court heard none of those items seized, including a deactivated handgun, an air rifle and cosh, are illegal to have in your own home.
The 32-year-old, however, had a charged stun gun, a CS spray canister, and capsicum pepper spray in an ammunition box on the landing, all of which were unlawful.
Mr Stephenson said: “The background to the offending on October 21, 2020 was that reports about possible domestic violence were reported to officers. The defendant had become irate over a large electricity bill.”
He said there were no charges in respect of that allegation, adding: “The charge recommended was common assault. By the time the police came to refer the postal requisition, the six months [time limit for charging]had elapsed.”
Mr Stephenson said the haul included 40 knuckledusters in a display cabinet and eight “bladed knuckle dusters” on top of a TV.
He said: “Of course, it’s not an offence to have knuckledusters in your home address.”
Judge Gary Woodhall said some weapons were in frames and hanging on walls.
He said: “Though hearing about that arsenal of weapons causes some consternation and concern, equally the way in which they were being held, the defence would say being displayed, is in his favour.”
Mr Stephenson said: “The Crown are not arguing he was maintaining an arsenal or something of that sort. It does look as though, strange as it was, it was a genuine collection.”
Judge Woodhall said Mee stated in a pre-sentence report he was “relieved they had been taken”.
The judge said he could order the forfeiture and destruction of the illegal weapons, but not the rest of Mee’s collection.
Sarah Holt, defending, spoke to her client, who signed a “disclaimer” in court, agreeing that all of his collection could be disposed of.
Mr Stephenson said the stun gun was “charged and able to discharge”, but the Crown accepted “in view of his overall collection” it wasn’t likely Mee intended to use it or the other weapons.
Mee admitted three counts of possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid, gas, electrical incapacitation device or thing.
The court heard he has four previous convictions for 12 offences, but none since he was 20.
In 2008 he was spared jail for two counts of battery and one of criminal damage, but later locked up for two years for threats to kill.
Judge Woodhall said those offences were committed “in a domestic context”.
Ms Holt invited the judge to follow the Probation Service’s recommendation and impose a community order.
Judge Woodhall asked if Mee was “truly unfit for unpaid work” and Ms Holt said her client, who is on benefits, suffered from epilepsy.
She said: “The fits, they do come as and when, there’s no particular time when they happen.
“Anxiety exacerbates them so he’s experienced the fits recently. He’s residing with his mother in Wales at the present time because of the problems it’s caused.”
Judge Woodhall said Mee told police he found the illegal weapons in an ammunition box when out walking his dogs, but told the Probation Service a friend gave him them because they knew about his collection, “none of which seems entirely plausible”.
The judge said: “He’s somebody who has a fascination with these sorts of weapons isn’t he?”
Ms Holt replied: “The fact is they were in his possession, with no intention to use them. These were not the typical sort of items he was collecting.
“How they came to be in his possession, his instructions are they were given to him by a friend.”
Judge Woodhall said Mee’s “friend and flatmate” told officers about the weapons.
He told him “the police found what might in other circumstances be said to be a particularly alarming collection of weapons”.
The judge said he had no powers in relation to the majority of the collection, including “a decommissioned revolver” and an air rifle, which wasn’t powerful enough to require a certificate.
However, he said while the stun gun was non-lethal, its electric discharge could pass through clothes to shock, cause pain and leave marks.
Judge Woodhall said Mee had a pattern of violent offending up to 2008, when he was aged 20.
He said a probation officer suggested his absence of crimes for 13 years was a result of him “having grown up, matured and the fact you have turned your back on the use of controlled drugs”.
The judge told Mee it was “very much to your credit” that he had signed away the collection, “which means they are out of circulation”.