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Head jailed on gun charges sacked
Martin Wynn Davies
Davies was jailed in June at Mold Crown Court
A primary school head teacher jailed for four years for illegally possessing guns and ammunition has been sacked.

Martin Wynn Davies, who 58, had been dismissed from his job at Ysgol Deniol in Marchwiel, Wrexham Council said.

Davies pleaded guilty in June to possessing 21 weapons and more than 200 bullets.

Following his case at Mold Crown Court, the judge said he had reduced Davies' jail term because of his "impeccable character".

In his court case Davies admitted illegally possessing 10 hand guns, two rifles and ammunition.

He also asked for nine other offences to be taken into account.

Ysgol Deiniol
No weapons were found at the school where Davies worked

The court was also told about Davies' good service to the community during his 22 years as a head teacher.

The usual jail term for similar offences is five years.

Judge John Rogers told the court it was a sad case of a man who had led a "responsible and good life".

"The references which I have received eloquently confirm your value to the local community," he told Davies.

Davies, had been interested in weapons since he was a child, receiving his first firearm when he was eight.

Encyclopaedic knowledge

He was a member of a gun club and regularly shot at a quarry near Ruthin.

He held licences which allowed him to keep a large number of weapons legally at his home as well as 7,000 rounds of ammunition.

But he was arrested in April when officers discovered 21 weapons not covered by his permit, along with illegal ammunition, including 190 hollow point rounds which expand on impact.

The court heard he co-operated fully with police and all the weapons had been surrendered.

The court heard that he had acquired many of the guns following the Dunblane massacre in March 1996, after which the possession of handguns became illegal.

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