Wart a way to get rid of a problem . . a gun!

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A GARDEN centre security guard blasted off his own finger - after using a shotgun to try to remove a wart.

Some people try ointments from the pharmacist, but Sean Murphy decided on a 12-bore Beretta.

Murphy, 38, left Doncaster Magistrates’ Court without a finger but also without a jail sentence.

After leaving the court with a suspended 16-week sentence, a smiling Murphy said: “I’m happy with that.

“I know I could have gone to jail for up to 15 years for a firearms offence. The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me lot of trouble.”

Murphy, of Kings Road, Doncaster, has since lost his job at Markham Grange Nurseries in Brodsworth following the incident in March. He had had the middle-finger wart for five years.

He said: “It was hurting a lot and causing my finger to bend. I’d been to the doctors and tried all sorts of things but it wouldn’t go.”

Murphy admitted theft of the shotgun by finding and possessing it without a valid firearms certificate. The gun had been taken during a burglary in Auckley in 2009 but Murphy, who also received 100 hours unpaid work said he had no knowledge of the burglary.