Royal Docks man guilty of storing guns at homes of numerous girlfriends

By Rob Virtue on February 5, 2014 2:07 PM |

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Two women face jail after storing their boyfriend's guns in their homes.

Sunny Taiwo, 34, of Holt Road in Beckton, got his girlfriends to look after firearms and ammunition for him in a bid to keep them from police.

However, officers linked them to him after a dawn raid at one of the addresses, in which they found sawn-off shotgun, also saw them discover a photo of Taiwo on the bedside table.

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One of the women, 32-year-old Shereen Lawrence, of Hillcrest Road in Walthamstow faces prison when sentenced next month after being convicted of possession of a firearm.

Another, Leanne Anderson (pictured below), 26, of Glenarm Road in Hackney, has already been given five years in jail after admitting to storing guns and ammunition at her home.

Taiwo and Anderson will also be sentenced on March 3. Taiwo was found guilty of a host of gun crimes, including four counts of possession and three charges of possession with intent to endanger life.

They were convicted at Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday.

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Detective Inspector Steve Meechan, North East Proactive Team at the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "Taiwo wrongly believed that by using his female companions to store various firearms he could evade capture, however police were able to connect him to all four firearms.

"By putting their trust in him, two women have now been convicted of serious offences and face lengthy prison sentences."

The first dawn road took place at Lawrence's home in November 2012.

Another address was searched in January last year at Tower Hamlets Road in Forest Gate, in which a loaded pistol was discovered. The woman living in that property, Merisha Lesforis, 34, was later cleared by a jury of involvement.

Days later, officers raided Anderson's home and found a pistol, along with the photo of Taiwo.

Then in April police found Taiwo in bed in Mitcham with a woman he had recently met.

Police also seized a gun from under the bed and Taiwo and the woman were arrested. The woman was later released without charge.

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Det Insp Meechan added: "These convictions should act both as a deterrent to those involved in gun crime but also to the girlfriends and wives of men who are involved in the circulation of firearms.

"Through misguided loyalty, not only are you compromising your safety - placing yourself and your family at risk - but you could also face a custodial sentence.

"I urge anyone who finds themselves in this position to contact police or Crimestoppers. Trident has years of experience in protecting witnesses and victims and there are measures that can be put in place to protect you if you are vulnerable and have been used in this way."

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