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Judge defers sentencing gun-wielding 'dipsomaniacs'

By John Cassidy

An alcoholic couple described in court as 'crazy dipsomaniacs' have been spared immediate custody after they showed off a sawn-off shotgun they found in a rubbish bin to teenagers.

Instead, a judge told Simon Frederick Thomas Larmour and Tatjana Glusecenko that he was going to defer sentencing for six months to await a fresh probation report.

Yesterday, Judge Gordon Kerr QC told the pair: "You both must voluntarily comply with the statutory authorities in order to deal with your drinking problems. During the course of this deferral, there is to be no further offending and I must get good probation reports when you come back before me in six months. If not you will be going into immediate custody."

In the case of Larmour (28), of Causeway Meadows in Lisburn, Co Antrim, the judge said he would receive three years in jail.

Tatjana Glusecenko (36), a Lithuanian national with an address at Verner Street, Belfast, was told she would be sent to prison for two years.

Both were released on continuing bail to be sentenced on October 10.

The pair admitted possessing the firearm without a firearms certificate on July 2, 2015.

Prosecutor Mark Farrell had told Belfast Crown Court last month that a group of youths in a playground in Dover Street in the Shankill area were approached by the highly intoxicated pair.

From Glusecenko's green handbag, Larmour produced the shotgun. He offered to sell the teenagers the weapon and said he "wanted to shoot a taig".

He then rewrapped the gun and put it back into the handbag. Mr Farrell said the pair were overpowered by "two gentlemen", later described as 'local community representatives' who restrained them until police arrived.

Barrister Jon Connolly, for Larmour, told the court: "This is a crazy case with both of them dipsomaniacs."

Although he acknowledged that the custody threshold had been passed, Mr Connolly described the circumstances as just "incredible" and that Larmour was an alcoholic whose life was an "absolute mess" and who is currently on supervised licence for other offences until January 2018.

Defence barrister Stuart McTaggart, for Glusecenko, claimed she was "just in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Mr McTaggart said there was no suggestion that Glusecenko, an alcoholic, threatened anyone, or made threats of violence, and had even told Larmour "to wise up".

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