A carer hid his arsenal of guns and grenades in the home of a man with cerebral palsy.
Michael Green, 31, stashed three rifles, a de-activated machine gun and explosive material in the flat of William Ross.
He then blamed Mr Ross for the weapons stockpile when police discovered the haul.
Ross was arrested and charged with firearms offence s but his prosecution was abandoned when detectives realised he had been exploited by the man tasked with caring for him.
This manipulation was one twist in an extraordinary case which has now led to Green – described as an "armourer" – being jailed.
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The 31-year-old was busted in the aftermath of a Merseyside Police raid at Ross' Cressington home in Liverpool.
A search team found a locked bedroom at the property when a warrant was executed in July 2018.
Inside that room was a haul that included three antique – but viable – rifles, the de-activated machine gun, a sawn-off shotgun, air rifles, grenade and gun parts and explosive substances.
Also in the flat was a collection of books and documents including the infamous bomb-making guide the Anarchist Cookbook.
Simon Parry, prosecuting, said: "Ross was 52 years old at the time and is a vulnerable individual. He is described by witnesses who have come into contact with him as having cerebral palsy and mobility difficulties.
"They also describe him as being susceptible to manipulation.
"At Mr Ross’ flat, the police found a locked box bedroom. Mr Ross told the police that he did not have a key to it as the room was used by his carer, this defendant.
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"Mr Ross offered to call Green to come and open it.
"Officers forced entry and a large quantity of firearms, ammunition and grenades were found. Most of them were recovered from a wardrobe within the room.
"Green’s fingerprints were found on items within the wardrobe and within the room generally."
Liverpool Crown Court was also told his actions had cost him his home, job and his relationship.
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Judge Louise Brandon said that while many of the guns were old, the antique rifles were viable and as a result "maintain an attraction to the criminal fraternity".
Handing him a sentence of eight years, she added: "There was, therefore, a real danger of these weapons falling into the hands of serious criminals."
Following his hearing on Monday, senior crown prosecutor Rachael Barber, said: "He exploited the vulnerability of the man he was supposed to be caring for by storing these dangerous items in his home.
"Guns, ammunition and explosives bring death, destruction and chaos to our communities. They are the tools of the criminals who also bring drugs and other forms of criminality to our streets."
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