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The careless advocate

Embarrassed senior Scots law adviser guilty of firearms offence

2 March 2017

Richard Keen QC, the advocate general for Scotland, has pleaded guilty to breaching section 2 of the Firearms Act 1968 after failing to secure a shotgun.

The UK government’s most senior adviser on Scottish law was fined £1,000 after admitting to the offence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The case was brought against the former chairman of the Scottish Conservative party after police were called to a break-in at the peer’s home in Edinburgh last year.

During a search of the property, officers found a 12-bore shotgun belonging to the advocate general left outside of its secure cabinet.

HBJ Gateley solicitor advocate Simon Catto, representing Lord Keen, said the senior government lawyer had intended to clean the weapon but had ‘forgotten about it through his own carelessness’ before leaving for a Hogmanay holiday with ...

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