A judge has warned that the carrying of guns “will not be tolerated and will be met by severe and deterrent sentences”.
Londonderry Crown Court Judge Piers Grant QC issued the warning in Belfast as he jailed Lithuanian brothers-in-law for a total of six-and-a-half years for assault and possessing handguns.
The pair, 36-year-old Algimatas Valiukas, a father-of-two, jailed for three-and-a-half years, and 32-year-old Zilvinas Kvietkauskis, a father-of-three, given three years jail, from Carricknakirlt Road, |in Maghera, were arrested in |the early hours of January 23 last year.
Prosecuting lawyer Russell Connell said the pair gate-crashed a party in the town and the owners were assaulted and a gun was produced by Valiukas.
Mr Connell said police were called and the pair were arrested in a white van nearby. In the van police uncovered a revolver under Valiukas' driver's seat.
The lawyer added that in a follow-up search of their home a second gun, a pistol, was found, which Kvietkauskis admitted he'd brought from Lithuania. However, neither weapon was |capable of being fired.