A court hears G Man tossed the weapon as police moved in on him...
SO SOLID CREW member G MAN “dumped” a loaded pistol as he fled from police, a court has heard today (June 16).
The producer, real name Jason Phillips, of Lambeth, south London, is alleged to have tossed the ME9 handgun – packed with seven rounds – as police moved in on him following an incident in central London last November.
When his flat was searched the following day, police found a further 11 bullets. Three of the bullets were ‘Dum Dums’, designed to explode on contact and banned for public use.
G Man denies one count of possessing a prohibited weapon, one of possessing prohibited ammunition, and two of possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate.
A jury at Southwark Crown Court were today told that G Man had been seen talking to another So Solid member, Kaish, at the scene of a suspected drug deal. Police, watching on closed circuit cameras, swooped and G Man fled.
Prosecutor Benjamin Aina said the star was seen “tugging at his pocket … to desperately pull something from it”.
He then stopped, raised his hands and was arrested, Mr Aina said.
The weapon Mr Phillips is alleged to have been carrying was found a few minutes later on top of some rubbish bags.
Asked what he had thrown away Mr Phillips allegedly replied: “Just one spliff, I had just one spliff.”
The case against G Man’s co-member and co-accused Kaish collapsed last week when it was discovered the only evidence against him came from a lip-reader who had watched CCTV footage.
Kaish revealed he was considering legal action against the government as he and his legal team felt some remarks made by Home Secretary David Blunkett blasting rap lyrics and blaming them for a rise in gun culture in Britain had prevented him getting a fair hearing in court and led to him spending four months in jail awaiting trial.
In court today, the prosecutor said the G Man’s status as a member of the group was “wholly irrelevant” and the jury must try the case on the evidence heard in court.
The case continues.