This selfie landed a Sheffield man with a six year prison sentence – after police found the photo of him posing with a gun on his mobile.
Edward Cooper was arrested after a car crash in Sheffield but when officers examined his mobile phone they found a selfie showing him posing with a sawn-off shotgun.
Police were called to Adkins Road, Southey Green, at 11pm on June 28 last year after a collision involving a stolen Skoda, which had been abandoned.
They were called back a few hours later after being alerted to a row between two men at the crash scene.
Cooper, aged 24, of Dryden Way, Shiregreen, was arrested on suspicion of involvement with the stolen car and officers found cannabis on him when he was searched at a police station.
But he was then arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm when officers checked his phone and found a selfie showing him posing with the sawn-off shotgun.
Sheffield Crown Court heard officers searching for the gun found a rucksack containing some ‘component parts’ of the weapon and nine shotgun cartridges.
Cooper’s prints were found on the firearm parts and the Skoda, which he was driving at the time of the collision.
He admitted possessing a prohibited weapon and a wrap of cannabis.
Michael Tooley, prosecuting, said: “A mobile phone was recovered from the defendant and a photograph shows him posing with the gun.
“Another image showed the weapon with even more shotgun cartridges.”
John Boumphrey, defending, said there was no evidence to suggest he had ever used the shotgun and he posed for the pictures out of ‘bravado and stupidity’.
“He says he was given the bag to look after by somebody else,” said the barrister.
“He knows he is throwing his life away and will serve a life sentence bit by bit if he carries on doing this sort of thing.”
The court heard Cooper has a lengthy criminal record of 34 offences dating back to when he was 14.
He was on licence when he committed his latest offences after being released from a three-and-a-half year jail term for perverting the course of justice.
Sentencing Cooper to six years for the firearm offence, Judge Rosalind Coe said: “Whatever the circumstances of how the gun came to be in your possession, I have seen pictures of you posing with this shotgun and at some point there were more cartridges.
“I can’t ignore the seriousness of having a weapon of this kind and the aggravating features of your previous criminal offending.”
He will begin the sentence on January 17 next year, when the licence period for his last offence ends.