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Trainee stockbroker turned gunman jailed after chance stop on Islington estate

PUBLISHED: 15:39 03 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 03 December 2010

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A GUNMAN who threw away a job as a trainee stockbroker for a life of crime has been jailed for five years after a chance stop by police uncovered his new career.

Fabio Nascimento, 21, kept a pistol and ammunition in his wardrobe, but the stash was only discovered after he was stopped on the Packington Estate, off Essex Road, Islington, by officers investigating a burglary.

Nascimento had been given a rare opportunity to make something of his life after getting a job with a City firm - taking home an £18,000 salary aged just 17.

Richard Hearndon, defending, told Blackfriars Crown Court: “He left school with six good GCSEs with good prospects.

“He found work in the City as a trainee stock broker earning £1,500 a month.

“But his immaturity made it difficult for him to be motivated enough and he left after three months.”

Nascimento was arrested with four other suspects in a car crammed with the “tools of the trade” on February 16, this year.

Police stopped their Fiat Punto in Packington Square after receiving reports of an attempted break-in nearby.

A search of the car uncovered a box of latex gloves, two more pairs of winter gloves, a balaclava and a hammer under the front seat.

Officers then raided his Camden home and found the gun and bullets.

Nascimento, of Ferdinand Street, Chalk Farm, admitted the firearms offences and was jailed in July for the statutory minimum of five years.

But he denied any wrongdoing in relation to the burglary and faced trial with three other suspects.

Just a day into the trial today, Nascimento, and 20-year-olds Abel Gemechu and Grantley Dey admitted their roles and were jailed for six months.

Judge Aidan Marron QC said Nascimento should serve that sentence concurrently with the existing jail term.

Nascimento admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to cause fear of violence.

Nascimento, Gemechu, of no fixed address, and Dey, of Islip Street, Kentish Town, admitted going equipped for burglary.

They each denied criminal damage to a door and were cleared after the prosecution offered no evidence.


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