A Wellingborough gang member who smashed a car window with a gun has already been banned from owning a firearm for life

The gang were seen running from an alleyway near a residential car park on Newcomen Road in Wellingborough.

A man previously serving a sentence for shooting a 15-year-old in the leg used a gun to intimidate a couple driving home through the streets of Wellingborough.

Daniel John Stray had previously issued a lifetime ban from ever owning or possessing any type of firearm, including an airgun, after being convicted of GBH with a sawed-off shotgun at the Hemmingwell estate in 2017.

But Northampton Crown Court heard a man and woman driving home through Wellingborough around 9.10pm on March 4 last year when they saw a group of men run out of an alley and get into a VW Polo.

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Worried, they drove off before returning to Newcomen Road about 15 minutes later, where they saw the Polo again, which then climbed to the curb to stop them leaving.

A man they knew as Daniel John Stray, of Cedar Way, Wellingborough, appeared on foot and struck their window three or four times with a gun, damaging the window.

The victim shouted at his driver, “He’s got a friggin’ gun. Journey!”

The driver of the VW Polo again attempted to maneuver his vehicle to block her, but the female driver escaped and the male passenger called 999. He was able to give the police the name of the shooter, and then the couple drove straight to the police station for their own safety.

Officers were able to go straight to Parkins Close and in the early hours found a box in the defendant’s living room closet containing a knife, ammunition including shotgun shells and three 9mm cartridges compatible with a handgun they found.

Subsequent analysis revealed that the gun was a Retay 17 pistol that had been modified to look like a Glock. It was capable of firing live ammunition and police experts said it could cause life-changing injuries.

While it is legal to import a blanked Retay into the UK, it is not legal to convert it to fire live cartridges or look like a gun.

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Accusingly, Caroline Bray said: “Stray’s phone was also confiscated. Its content demonstrated history with a criminal gang-related lifestyle and behavior.”

Stray, 25, has a list of 22 violent and drug-related convictions.

He was found guilty of robbery in 2010 when he was just 13 years old.

In 2015, Northampton Crown Court sentenced him to five years in prison for possession of a sawed-off shotgun when he was just 18. Two years later, after police carefully gathered evidence, Stray was on trial for shooting a 15-year-old in the leg on the Hemmingwell Estate who was linked to the same gun. After a seven-day trial, he was found guilty by a jury of assault with intent to commit GBH, sentenced to three years in prison and declared a prohibited person – meaning he was banned from ever owning or possessing a weapon .

He was also convicted of knife possession in 2016.

During Friday’s court hearing, the driver of the car said she had felt anxious and nervous since the attack, and like people were “staring” at her. She’s also been staying at home more and said she’s now worried about going out in Wellingborough.

Ms Bray added: “People will stop going to her house because they’re worried about what she’s become a part of.”

The male victim said that last August people linked to Stray were released from prison without bail, leaving him vulnerable.

“I still feel like a victim,” he said.

He said he had trouble sleeping and was forced to seek professional help to aid his recovery. His relationship also fell apart.

In mitigation, higher court counsel Liam Muir said there was insufficient evidence to show Stray attempted to steal the victim’s car or that he was involved with the group in polo.

He said Stray had become a father for the first time since the incident and there had been a “substantial shift in maturity”.

Stray, also known as Daniel John Jones, Daniel John Jones-Stray and Daniel Jones-Stray, pleaded guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He also admitted to being in possession of a firearm and ammunition with the intention of making his victim believe that unlawful force was being used against him.

Her honorary judge, Rebecca Crane, gave him 25 percent credit for his guilty plea and jailed him for a total of six years and nine months.

He was told he must serve half of his sentence before he could be eligible for release.

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