Paul Clarke, 27, a former soldier, was on the balcony of his home in Merstham, Surrey,England, when he noticed a bag in his garden that didn't belong to him.
"I took it indoors and inside found a shorn-off shotgun and two
cartridges," he said, so he took his find to the police to turn it in
-- "I thought it was my duty to hand it in and get it off the streets,"
he said. As soon as he handed the gun to authorities he was arrested
for "possessing a firearm."
Worse, the jury for the Guildford Crown Court found Clarke guilty,
and by law he must serve a minimum of five years in prison.
Prosecutor Brian Stalk said Clarke's "alleged" honesty
was irrelevant, and Judge Christopher Critchlow agreed, saying "The
intention of anybody possessing a firearm is irrelevant."
(Surrey Mirror) ...And now we know British jurisprudence is, too.