A North-east man who was prosecuted after telling police he had a home-made gun was jailed for two years today.
Raymond Panton was imprisoned despite a judge holding that exceptional circumstances existed in the case.
Panton, 54, was earlier convicted of possessing prohibited weapons, two improvised shotguns, without authority at Parkhill Stores, Greens, New Deer, between April 4 and August 15 in 2014.
He had denied the offence along with a former co-accused, Ian Robertson, 40, also of New Deer, who was acquitted following a legal submission during their trial at the High Court in Aberdeen last year.
Lord Bannatyne said the case was “incredibly odd”.
Panton claimed to police that he had discovered two metal tubes in a bedroom at the farm and after looking at them realised that if slotted together shotgun cartridges could be fired.
Defence counsel David Moggach said Panton had phoned the police and co-operated as to where they might find a second weapon.
Mr Moggach said Panton had struggled with “mental health issues” but had been assessed as currently posing a low risk.
Lord Bannatyne said: “This all resulted from him bringing the police to his house and showing them the gun. If, for no other reason, the case was incredibly odd.”