A Corby drug dealer has been jailed for 12 years and five months after pleading guilty to a number of firearms offences.
Jack Sikora, 22, previously of Thoresby Court, Corby, was given a second chance by the courts after an offence in April 2021 when he fired a starting pistol at a crowd of pub-goers outside The Phoenix in Beanfield Avenue.
However, just six days after being handed the suspended sentence, he was back online - ordering pistols with the intention of turning them into lethal weapons.
But police officers were onto him, and following intelligence that he was dealing Class A drugs, he was stopped in a taxi in Cottingham Road on August 6, 2022.
After finding cocaine in his possession, they searched his flat in Thoresby Road, uncovering a quantity of cocaine and shockingly, a workstation that was operating as a gun production line.
A subsequent investigation, supported by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, uncovered that Sikora had converted six pistols into lethal firearms as well as altering ammunition.
He sold two of the pistols to two Corby men who were jailed for five years and seven months, and five years, respectively, at an earlier hearing in December. Three of the pistols were found at his home following the warrant and one more has never been traced.
Sikora was subsequently charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon for sale or transfer, attempted possession of a prohibited weapon, attempted possession of a prohibited weapon for sale or transfer, possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate and two counts of selling/transferring a prohibited weapon, of which he pleaded guilty to all at an earlier hearing at Northampton Crown Court in December 2022.
On Friday (June 30), he returned to the same court where he was jailed for 12 years and five months in total.
Lead Investigator – DC Natalie Atchison said: “I am pleased to see this significant sentence handed out to Jack Sikora as it demonstrates the seriousness of his offending.
“Despite being given a second chance by the courts for a previous firearms offence, he was back ordering pistols just six days later. This behaviour demonstrated a complete lack of remorse and I am pleased that this time, he has been sent to prison.”
Detective Inspector Darren Brown, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “Tackling serious and organised crime is a matter of priority for Northamptonshire Police and we work really hard to ensure people like Jack Sikora are sent to prison.
“We worked closely with the Firearms Team in Northamptonshire as part of this case and will continue to do so in the future to ensure other offenders are brought to justice.”
A POCA hearing for Jack Sikora is scheduled for August 4, 2023.