Man cleared of silencer and gun charge.
A MAN was found not guilty of the possession of a silencer for a machine gun by jurors after just five minutes.
Brian Connolly went on trial on Thursday based on evidence that showed his DNA was inside the thread of a screw-in silencer found amongst a cache of arms in Walton.
Police recovered the items, including two submachine guns, a pump action shotgun, two silencers and bullets at the home of Anthony Murphy, in Whitehall Close, Kirkdale, last year.
Murphy admitted possession of the firearms and is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence.
But the DNA of his drinking buddy Brian Connolly, 48, was found on one of the silencers and he was charged with its possession.
Mr Connolly, of Goodison Road, Walton, was interviewed by police and said he was perplexed how his DNA got there.
He said he might have moved them while doing some painting and decorating there and jurors were out for just five minutes before returning a not guilty verdict.