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Businessman faces firearm charge

No pleas entered during court appearance

A businessman whose company provides door staff to Island venues has appeared in court after being found with a loaded sawn-off shotgun and dozens of rounds of ammunition.


Forty-three-year-old Christian Mayers of Ashley Park in Onchan appeared with his 18-year-old son Jake Mayers of Close Ollay in Ramsey before Deputy High Bailiff Christopher Arrowsmith.


Mr Mayers senior hasn’t entered pleas to possessing a firearm and burgling a home, while his son denies one count of burglary – all offences are said to have taken place on 9 May.


Prosecution advocate Rebecca Cubbon said a couple were returning to their home on Anagh Coar Road when they spotted someone taking a Playstation 4 from their house and leaving in a car.


Police found Jake Mayers nearby and discovered a Playstation 4 in his car boot – its serial number matched the one stolen.


Officers arrested Christian Mayers, the managing director of Arca Securities, on Cushag Road after watching him put a carrier bag behind a van.


Inside the bag, which Mayers told them he’d found lying in the street, they discovered the single-barrelled weapon with 34 live cartridges and one spent.


Mr Mayers junior was bailed in the sum of £500 and is due appear in court again on 7 July, while his father was remanded in custody to appear on 19 May.

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