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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 July, 2004, 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
Man jailed after shooting himself
A South Yorkshire man who shot himself in the testicles with a shotgun has been jailed for five years.

David Walker, 28, from The Crescent, Dinnington, had drunk 15 pints of lager when he accidentally discharged the gun which was stuffed down his trousers.

He admitted possessing a banned firearm when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday.

The judge said he had no option but to impose the statutory minimum sentence of five years.

'Crawled home'

His lawyer Gulzar Syed told the court: "He still feels quite severe pain," adding that some pellets remained in Walker's scrotum.

Prosecuting lawyer Andrew Hatton told the court how Walker had gone home to get the shotgun after arguing in the pub with lifelong friend Stuart Simpson about whose turn it was to buy a beer.

As he was returning to the pub, which had closed by this time, he accidentally fired the weapon.

"He had it shoved down his trousers," Mr Hatton said.

"After the shotgun had discharged he placed it in a rubbish bin and crawled back to his home address."

The shooting of yourself is plainly an exceptional circumstance
Judge Robert Moore

Walker told officers he was so drunk he had no idea how he managed to shoot himself and why he went to fetch the weapon.

Judge Robert Moore said recent legislation regarding banned guns meant he had to impose the statutory minimum sentence on Walker of five years in prison.

"The shooting of yourself is plainly an exceptional circumstance which is capable of reducing the sentence," Moore said.

"But in this case, I am quite certain, it does not justify reducing it below the statutory minimum."

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