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Man who shot himself in foot faces jail

Credit: Andrew Price / Viewfinder Pictures
Mark Ashley Hughes shot himself in the foot. Credit: Andrew Price / Viewfinder Pictures

A man who shot himself in the foot was warned today that he faces a long prison sentence.

Defendant Mark Ashley Hughes was found in possession of a sawn off shotgun and a Tazer – both in working order.

But 23-year-old Hughes’ claim that he had found them while digging the garden at his grandparents’ home was dismissed by a judge today as "utter nonsense".

Hughes of Bistre Avenue in Buckley, Flintshire attended Mold Crown Court on crutches and with a metal protective cage around his foot.

He pleaded guilty to possessing in July last year, a sawn off shotgun as a prohibited weapon, a 12 bore double barrelled shotgun which was about 24 inches long and a Tazer.

Hughes also admitted possessing a quantity of cocaine and cannabis.

His defence claimed that he had had found the weapons in a back garden while clearing it.

His barrister Julian Nutter said that there was an unusual background to the case.

The defendant’s explanation was that he had the weapons because he had set upon a course which was going to result in his suicide. He had suffered a serious injury.

Judge Rowlands told Mr Nutter: “You are addressing a very keen gardener. I don’t come across such weapons in my garden and I suspect no one else does either.”

Judge Rowlands rebailed Hughes pending sentence next month and ordered a pre-sentence report.