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updated 6/15/2011 8:51:20 PM ET 2011-06-16T00:51:20

A British security guard made his finger safe from a bothersome wart — operating on it with a 12-gauge Beretta shotgun blast that took most of the finger with it, media reports said Wednesday.

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Sean Murphy, 38, of Doncaster, said he'd seen a doctor and tried ointments and creams before using a shotgun he claimed in court this week he had found under a hedge.

He was in court to plead guilty to illegal possession of a firearm, a charge stemming from the shooting. The shotgun was reported stolen in a 2009 burglary.

Doncaster Magistrates' Court gave Murphy a suspended 16-week prison sentence, the Daily Mail reported. He also has to serve 100 hours of community service and pay 100 pounds in fees.

"I'm happy with that," he told reporters. "I know I could have gone to jail for up to 15 years for a firearms offense. My solicitor did a very good job. The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me lot of trouble."

Murphy now has job trouble. He lost his guard position at Markham Grange Nurseries in Doncaster after the March incident.

After his court hearing, Murphy recounted the shooting.

He said he drank several pints of beer to build up his courage before carrying out the operation outside his home.

He stretched out his left hand, pointing the end of the barrel at an angle to the offending wart on his middle finger, and used his other hand to hold the stock steady and pull the trigger.

But the weapon when the weapon recoiled, pellets took off most of his finger.

"I didn't expect to lose my finger as well when I shot it but the gun recoiled and that was it," Murphy said. "The wart was gone and so was most of my finger. There was nothing left of it, so no chance of re-attaching it," he said.

Murphy's lawyer, Richard Haigh, said his client was "a victim of his own stupidity when domestic pressures got to him."

South Yorkshire Police are investigating how the Beretta came to be in the hedge where Murphy found it, the Telegraph of London reported.

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