A gang member who denied becoming involved in firearms was forced to abruptly admit his part immediately after police discovered incriminating images on his telephone.
Mark Gardner, 23, was a prominent member of the East Side Boys drug gang – which was led by Jake and Callum Burrows.
The drug gang developed a climate of worry on the streets of Speke and fought for manage of the profitable crack and heroin trade.
Soon after a spate of shootings in 2017, police launched a surveillance operation in the region and seized a number of firearms linked to the gang.
The gang’s arsenal integrated a St Etienne revolver, a double barrelled sawn-off shotgun, a Luger self-loading pistol and two Smith and Wesson revolvers.
Police discovered Gardner’s DNA on the trigger guard of the St Etienne revolver and charged him with firearms offences. Gardner pleaded not guilty and throughout his trial made a quantity of stories in an try to clarify away the DNA proof.
In court Gardner mentioned that he had no interest in guns but had as soon as been assaulted by an armed man, claiming the man attempted to place the gun in his mouth.
On the other hand Gardner was forced to modify his plea immediately after police traced a telephone that he was linked to.
The mobile contained an astonishing collection of selfies which showed Gardner with firearms.
On the other hand the photographs also placed Gardner inside loved ones residences and at important areas across Speke linked to the East Side Boys gang.
There had been certain references to JB and Callum, and some of the photographs showed machine guns.
The photographs demonstrated that Garner has told a ‘pack of lies’ to the jury and he was forced to admit 3 firearms offences.
The ECHO can also reveal how Gardner attacked a stranger in a Nando’s at the New Mersey Retail Park in Speke in 2017.
In May possibly 2018 he was convicted of two counts of actual bodily harm and jailed for 22 months in relation to the Nando’s incident.
Final week Gardner, was sentenced to 14 and a half years for firearms offences.
Judge Denis Watson told the court that guns maim, kill and lead to terror in our communities, adding that criminals knew this and that is why they wanted them.
Gardner was jailed as component of Operation Bombay – a important police operation set up to target Jake and Callum Burrows.
Final week 20 males and a single lady had been jailed for more than 300 years. Christopher Wallace, who was behind a bomb factory in Wirral , was jailed for life. Jake Burrows and Callum Burrows had been jailed for a total of 45 years.