Dealer put gun through letterbox as he fled cops
18-year-old is sentenced to seven years in a young offenders’ institute
24 February, 2017 — By Koos Couvée
A DRUG dealer tried to dispose of a loaded gun by shoving it through a letterbox while being chased by police.
Hugo Borges, 18, of King Henry’s Walk, on the borough border with Dalston, was sentenced to seven years in a young offenders’ institute after pleading guilty to possession of a handgun and ammunition without a certificate, and possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply, at Blackfriars Crown Court last Friday.
The court heard that on November 29 last year Borges and another man were spotted by PC Jack Hardwick and PC Patrick Gough who were on cycle patrols. When asked to stop by the officers, the pair fled the area.
The gun that Borges pushed through a letterbox in Matthias Road
PC Hardwick chased after Borges whilst PC Gough pursued the second man. Borges was seen discarding a firearm through the letterbox of a property in Matthias Road, off Newington Green, before he was detained. When searched, Borges was found to be in possession of 53 wraps of crack cocaine and 38 wraps of heroin.
The gun – a converted blank-firing pistol, which was loaded with ammunition – was picked up by officers at the address.
Borges and the second man were arrested. Borges was charged two weeks later, while the second man remains on police bail.
Two further men, who were arrested in connection with the investigation, also remain on police bail.
Detective Constable Grace Milner, of Islington Police, said: “Borges is today starting a lengthy prison sentence having been left with no option but to plead guilty to these serious offences.
“His arrest, and the recovery of both a firearm and Class A drugs, was down to the intuition of two of my colleagues who were on the estate as part of the borough’s commitment to providing our residents with visible patrols.
“I would encourage anyone who has information regarding the supply of drugs or the possession or firearms to contact police with their concerns, so that appropriate action can be taken against the criminals involved.”