Father-of-seven hid homemade firearm in child's bag
A Bourne father-of-seven has been jailed for three years after his homemade firearm was found in his child's schoolbag.
Robert Bulpin, 46, of North Road, made the weapon himself with the intention of attempting suicide.
However he panicked and hid it in the child's bag after becoming worried it would be found in his bedroom drawer during a police search.
Lincoln Crown Court heard officers found the brass device with a working firing mechanism in the bag together with four legal game cartridges.
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His youngest child was just a few months old at the time of the discovery.
Bulpin, an engineer, had earlier admitted to suffering from depression and claimed that the 'gun' had failed to discharge during several previous suicide attempts.
He had had it in his possession since 2008.
Bulpin pleaded guilty to manufacturing a prohibited firearm following the property search on December 18 last year.
Chris Jeyes, defending, told the court Bulpin had no links to organised crime or the drugs world, and the firearm was not obvious to an untrained eye.
Bulpin claimed the bedroom which he shared with his wife - and where the firearm was stored in a drawer - was always kept locked.
Passing sentence, Judge Michael Heath said that while he accepted the weapon had been built for self-harm he did not believe that the door to the bedroom was secure.
"In a busy house with a number of children it would not be practical," he added.