Firearms dealer Paul Edmunds guilty of supplying guns

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

Isaiah Wright-Young, of no fixed abode, was one of two men that opened fire on the auto in which Phillips sat while it was parked in Ladywood.

Ammunition made by him was recovered at the scenes of more than 100 shootings, including the murders of Birmingham men Derek Myers and Kenichi Phillips and the targeting of a West Midlands Police helicopter during the riots in 2011.

The registered gun-dealer was also convicted of possessing a prohibited air pistol and perverting the course of justice by filing down a bullet-making tool to destroy potential evidence.

A retrial was told that Edmunds and middleman Dr Mohinder Surdhar - likened by police to the lead characters in TV series Breaking Bad - acted together to supply antique revolvers and custom-made ammunition to criminal gangs.

He also smuggled a Colt pistol made for USA law enforcement agencies into the United Kingdom in November 2013 that was used the following month to shoot dead a man at a Christmas party in a London nightclub.

Edmunds was found guilty on all four counts and has been remanded in custody until 20 December for sentencing.

Surdhar pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition.

Another gun, again linked to Edmunds, was also found to have been fired at the scene of another fatal shooting in October 2015.

The "firearms fanatic" handcrafted bullets to be used for vintage guns like Smith & Wesson revolvers and antique, obsolete-calibre revolvers - including St Etienne.

In a case that will raise questions about current gun importation laws, Edmunds was able to walk through customs at Heathrow airport with weapons he was supplying to criminals.

Police have revealed the lethal legacy of an antique firearms dealer who supplied weapons used in gang crime, as they said more than 200 of his guns could still be on the streets.

"Edmunds has an encyclopaedic knowledge of firearms". Their actions have had a devastating impact on communities by fuelling violent crime, leading to fear and bloodshed. Surdar also had an armoury at his home and we believe Edmunds was teaching him the art of bullet making.

"Our investigation has undoubtedly prevented many more firearms and countless rounds of ammunition getting into criminal hand and in all likelihood saved lives".

Warren Stanier, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "These two men used their expertise to exploit the illicit firearms market for financial gain and in doing so put the lives of the general public and police in danger".

Edmunds sold the weapons and cartridges to Mohinder Surdhar, who fenced them on to Sundish Nazran.

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