"Good" Hackney father caught with loaded gun
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:32 27 September 2013
A "good father" from Stoke Newington caught with a loaded gun, cocaine and cannabis has been jailed for nearly nine years.
David Lubin, 38, was snared after collecting a 9mm self-loading pistol and a cache of bullets from an address in Waltham Abbey, Essex in January.
Later the same day, police unearthed more than half a kilo of cannabis and around eight grams of cocaine, together with £425 cash at Lubin’s home in Green Lanes, Stoke Newington.
Officers also found drugs paraphernalia including scales encrusted with white powder during the raid, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Lubin, a painter and decorator, claimed the drugs were for his own use.
The father-of-two denied prosecution claims he was collecting the weapon for an associate and insisted the firearm was solely his responsibility.
Sentencing him to a total of eight years and nine months, Judge Loraine-Smith said she had doubts the gun was his own.
“Either you removed the loaded gun on behalf of someone else or you possessed it because of your involvement in the world of drug dealing.
“There is no doubt you are a street dealer of cocaine and cannabis and your motive was financial.”
Wearing a white open collar shirt and dark trousers, Lubin stared at the ground as the sentence was passed.
Alexander Taylor-Camara, defending Lubin, said he had been working hard in his job until he was affected by personal problems, prompting him to turn to crime.
“He appears on the face of it to be a good father and committed family member, but there is another side to him.”
Lubin admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition and possessing Class A and Class B drugs with intent to supply.