A former murder suspect’s girlfriend who hid a sub-machine gun hours after it was used in a fatal shooting has been jailed for five years.
The ‘spray and pray’ Mac 10 – which was wrapped in a baby’s nightdress and hidden in a rucksack – was passed to Shevonne Legister, 21, following the killing.
Victim Larry Malone, 24, had been shot seven times before the gun jammed as he sat on a sofa at his aunt’s home in West Norwood, South London.
Behind bars: Shevonne Legister was jailed for five years for possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition
Concealment: Legister, left, was said to have been handed the gun by boyfriend Lemuel Robinson, right, after it was used in a fatal shooting Legister was said to have then been handed the gun by her boyfriend Lemuel Robinson, 27, and alleged fellow gang member Andrew Cross, 28.
The two men were convicted of possessing a prohibited firearm in October, but cleared of murdering Mr Malone. On September 4 2009, the day after the murder, detectives followed Legister as she took a taxi from her home in West Norwood, South London, and met a white van in nearby Anerley Park.
She handed the rucksack, now hidden in a JD Sports carrier bag, to Dino Rouillon, before officers swooped and arrested the duo, the court heard.
Victim: Larry Malone was killed with seven blasts of machine-gun fire as he sat on his aunt’s sofa Rouillon was jailed for five years and nine months.
But forensic examiners were unable to find any fingerprints or DNA on the firearm. Legister admitted possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition but denied knowing the weapon had been used in the killing. She was convicted of assisting an offender during the trial at the Old Bailey, but cleared of taking part in the murder. Shubiah Linton, 28, of no fixed address, was cleared of identical charges. He had been accused of having helped arrange the handover of the gun by Legister to Rouillon.
Prosecutor Andrew Edis told jurors that the gunmen behind the killing knew ballistic experts would be able to connect the weapon to the bullets at
the murder scene.
‘You need to be awfully careful with what you do with a gun after a murder,’ he said.
Jailed: Gang member Dino Rouillon, left, and Andrew Cross, right, were both jailed for their part in handling the Mac 10
‘If you are the kind of criminal who commits this kind of murder, then you also want to make sure that it is available for use later. ‘The allegation against Ms Legister is she played an important, essential, role in putting that plan into effect.’
Evidence: A Mac 10 machine gun, similar to this one, was used in the murder and later hidden and passed on by Legister
He added: ‘A sophisticated criminal operation was needed to use people who were less likely to attract police attention. ‘If you are going to go to all that trouble to prevent police discovering you are involved with this firearm, are you going to trust it with someone who’s not fully signed up to the plan?
‘Are you going to risk that person unzipping the bag and calling the police? No, you are only going to give it to someone you can trust – otherwise this whole operation will break down on the idle curiosity of a young woman.’
Jailing Legister for five years today, Judge Gerald Gordon said: ‘At some stage you knew what the items were. ‘People like Robertson and Cross did not want you to have too much knowledge but there is very strong evidence you were expecting a gun.
‘I’m not satisfied you were aware the weapon was used in a murder. I accept you were used, however I do not accept duress.’ Robinson, of Colchester in Essex, and Cross, of Sutton in Surrey, were jailed for 10 years and 11-and-a-half years respectively for their possession of the gun.
No one has been convicted of Mr Malone’s murder.