Peacehaven soldier who stole assalt rifle jailed for five years

Harry Killick
Harry Killick

A soldier who stole an SA80 assault rifle and went armed to his ex girlfriend’s house in Ditchling has been sentenced to five years,

Harry Killick, 36, of Ambleside Avenue, Peacehaven, went to the property with a live round of ammunition and although his ex was not home, her 41-year-old brother was.

Killick remained in the home until officers arrived, then walked out of his own accord and was immediately arrested.

He was charged the following day with three counts of theft by an employee, one count of possession of a prohibited weapon and one count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The soldier pleaded guilty in January to the theft of the rifle and ammunition from the Territorial Army base in Brighton and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Killick, who had served in Afghanistan, was an administrator with the Territorial Army Centre in Brighton when he was arrested after firearms officers were called to the home of his ex-girlfriend, at around 9pm on October 19, 2012.

Detective Constable Paul Hitchcock from Brighton and Hove Anti Victimisation Unit said: “This is an unusual and tragic case for all those concerned.

“However, the fact remains that Harry Killick terrified the brother of his ex-girlfriend when he confronted him with a loaded weapon, asked where his sister was and then sat down in their home.

“The frightened brother did manage to leave the property and call police and fortunately Harry complied and no one was physically injured.”

The family of his ex-girlfriend said: “We are pleased that justice has been served and we hope that in prison Harry gets the help and support that he so obviously needs.

“However, his actions that night have impacted heavily on our family and left one member traumatised as he genuinely feared for his life”

On passing sentence at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday (September 4) Judge Lawson said: “You stole a SA80 assault rifle. That lethal weapon could have found its way into hands other than yours.

“You also stole a full metal jacket round and it must have been terrifying for Mr Lothian to see you with a gun, which you loaded in his presence.”

He then sentenced Killick to five years’ imprisonment and imposed an indefinite restraining order not to contact his ex-girlfriend or her brother.