'Arrogant' woman with 'genuine affection for weapons' caught with stash of guns in her home

walesonline | 1/20/2018 | Staff
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A “cavalier” woman with a “genuine affection for weapons” was caught with five illegal firearms – including a revolver stashed in a book – and more than 700 unlawful rounds of live ammunition in her home.

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Nigelle Von De Bar Baskerville, 55, from Powys , who referred to herself as an expert in weapons, was jailed at Cardiff Crown Court after admitting a string of firearms offences.

Opening the case, prosecutor Nigel Fryer said: “She had a hoard of weapons.”

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The court heard the local authority received a report of firearms at her property in Llangynog, Builth Wells, in November 2012 and reported the matter to the police.

Prosecutors said police officers searched the property and recovered “a number of weapons”.

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The court heard police found five prohibited firearms, along with 735 rounds of ammunition held unlawfully.

Mr Fryer said officers discovered one revolver in a book and another under a step.

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He argued the storage was “neither safe, nor lawful”, adding that none of the weapons were deactivated and all of the ammunition was live.

The prosecutor said: “The Crown say she had an arrogant and cavalier attitude to weapons.”

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Von De Bar Baskerville was arrested on December 6, 2012 while travelling on the A481 towards Builth Wells .

She stated the weapons were “historically interesting” and accepted she had occasionally fired them.

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Mr Fryer said: “The reality of the situation is this – she had a hoard of...
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