Posted on November 27, 2018
Peter Laidler, 71, is accused of 13 thefts between 1998 and 2016 while based at the Small Arms School Collection (SASC) in Wiltshire. Some of the weapons were sold on while others were kept at his home, Winchester Crown Court was told. Mr Laidler, of Marcham, Oxfordshire, also faces one count of handling stolen goods. He denies all the charges. Three other men – Roger Smith, Adrian Bull and Stuart Pemberton – also deny handling stolen goods. The guns – including SA80 assault rifles and historical Mauser and Lee Enfield weapons – were taken from the collection in Warminster, jurors heard. Matthew Jewell QC, prosecuting, said some bore serial numbers of weapons which were recorded as having been destroyed. Several were sold or given by Mr Laidler to Fultons, a firearms dealership in Bisley, Surrey, Mr Jewell said.