A MAN caught throwing away an antique gun before bullets fell out of his underpants has been jailed for five years.

Ross McGeachie hurled the revolver into a garden in Glasgow's Pollok on March 11 this year.

The 22 year-old was today sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing the firearm and ammunition.

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Judge Michael O'Grady QC told McGeachie: "Whatever the background, certain things must have been glaringly apparent to you.

"You must have been aware that it was a firearm...which could be used in a potentially deadly enterprise."

He said the jail-term would have been seven and a half years, but for the guilty plea.

Prosecutor Angela Gray earlier told how police had initially stopped McGeachie and a friend late at night, but let them go after they claimed to be going home.

But, the officers then spotted a "bulge" in McGeachie's pocket and ordered him to stop.

Miss Gray: "McGeachie ran off...they saw him throw a metallic object into a front garden as he was running by it."


He was soon arrested and the gun was found to be a revolver classed as an "antique firearm".

McGeachie, of the city's Cardonald, was taken to a local police station.

Miss Gray: "He was searched - on lowering his boxer shorts, two bullets dropped to the floor from inside the underwear."

The court heard the gun was in poor condition, but in working order.

It would not have needed a firearms certificate had it been kept as an "ornament or curiosity".