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Gunman jailed for attempted murder in Edinburgh

A gunman who pulled the trigger three times in an attempted murder in Edinburgh but failed to fire a bullet has been given a life sentence.

Lee Connors pointed a handgun at Grant MacBeth and tried to discharge the weapon in Barn Park in October 2014.

The weapon was later found to be capable of firing but was erratic.

Connors, 30, was given a lifelong restriction order and must serve four years and two months before he can apply for parole.

The judge, Lord Ericht, told him: "That order constitutes a sentence of imprisonment for an indefinite period."

Connors, also known as Lee Hunter, is currently serving a five-year sentence.

He denied the murder bid but was found guilty earlier this year.

'Intimidate victims'

When police recovered the revolver they found there were three bullets in the six chambers of the gun.

The judge told Connors: "You have been found guilty of attempted murder using a firearm.

"I regard this offence as extremely serious and it appears it was mere luck that resulted in the firearm not discharging, which would have had even more serious consequences."

Det Chf Insp Kenny Gray, from the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit (OCCTU), said: "Lee Hunter demonstrated on a number of occasions his willingness to use a firearm to intimidate his victims and cause fear and alarm to the public.

"Despite attempting to conceal the handgun, robust inquiries by the OCCTU, Edinburgh CID and East Lothian officers, we recovered the weapon and charged Hunter with a number of offences.

"His sentence reflects the joint commitment of both Police Scotland and the Crown Office to identify those who illegally possess and utilise firearms and bring them to justice."

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