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Man who shot dead sister jailed for gun offences again

Kasha Peniston
Kasha Peniston was jailed for a total of nine years

A teenager from Manchester who fatally shot his 12-year-old sister three years ago has been jailed again, after being caught with another gun in October.

Kasha Peniston, 19, killed his sister Kamilah at the family home in 2007.

He was detained for manslaughter but within months of his release in May 2008, he was found with a revolver.

Peniston, from Longsight, pleaded guilty to several offences including possessing a firearm and was jailed for nine years at Manchester Crown Court.

He also admitted possessing ammunition without a certificate, possession of a firearm while prohibited, two counts of supplying class A drugs and possession of a class B drug, all at an earlier hearing.

'Unusual circumstances'

Peniston was 16 when he shot his younger sister. He found the gun, a .38 snubnose gas action revolver, and held it against her forehead while they were watching television.

He thought he had deactivated the gun and pulled the trigger. His sister died in hospital the next day.

Peniston, of Peel Grove, was given a shortened two-year jail term in October 2007 for the manslaughter of Kamilah because of the "unusual circumstances" of the case.

He began street dealing heroin and cocaine, Manchester Crown Court heard, and in October last year was caught red-handed by police driving a gang "pool car" and with a revolver loaded with two 9mm rounds.

It is almost beyond belief that could happen and happen within a short time of your release
Judge Michael Henshell

Gill Crossley, defending, told the court Peniston had become a drug user and was used as a dealer by more sophisticated criminals. She added: "He was not a holder of drugs, he was a user of drugs and he was used."

Judge Michael Henshell, sentencing, said: "One of the features of this case which will astound the general public is somebody in your situation, having been responsible for the death of your own sister, then brought himself into contact with a firearm.

"It is almost beyond belief that could happen and happen within a short time of your release.

"It is really obvious you have learnt nothing from the death you caused, you have learnt nothing from the sentence you served and since your release you have been dealing in drugs and descended into a life which is no doubt related to organised crime, sometimes referred to as gang culture, in which possession of a firearm is almost seen as a fashion accessory."

Peniston's mother, Natasha Peniston, wept at the back of the court and blew kisses to her son as he was sent down.

She was jailed for three years for firearms offences after her daughter was shot dead, telling the court she was hiding the gun at her home for a gangster.



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