Man Found Guilty Of Making Bullets Used To Murder Kenichi Philips

Paul Edmonds

Paul Edmonds

The weapons and bullets were found at the scene of more than 100 crimes including the murder of 18-year-old Kenichi Philips in Ladywood last year.

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

Ammunition made by Paul Edmunds and weapons supplied by him have been found at more than 100 crime scenes including gangland shootings and even a firearms attack on a police helicopter.

The 66-year-old was found guilty of conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

Edmunds was found guilty of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunitions, two counts of perverting the course of justice, transferring prohibited weapons, possession of prohibited weapons and importing firearms from America.

He was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on 20 December.

One Colt pistol brought through Heathrow in November 2013 was used to murder a man in a shooting at Avalon nightclub in west London just a month later.

But antique pistols he had supplied to gangs and criminals were being recovered as far back as 2009, detectives have revealed.

Another firearm, a St Etienne revolver dating from the turn of the last century, was discovered in August, while detectives said his ammunition was being discovered nearly until the day the jury found him guilty.

Edmunds had crafted bespoke bullets for use in vintage weapons such as Smith & Wesson pistols from the USA and 19century French and Russian guns that he had brought into the United Kingdom supposedly as collectors' curiosities.

Detective Constable Phil Rodgers from West Midlands Police Force CID, who led the investigation, likened the pair to unlikely crooks Walter White and Jesse Pinkman from hit TV show Breaking Bad. Their actions have had a devastating impact on communities by fuelling violent crime, leading to fear and bloodshed.

"Edmunds has an encyclopaedic knowledge of firearms". It's not an easy task making obsolete calibre bullets to fit antique guns; it would have taken several days to make a box of 50.

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

Warren Stanier from the CPS 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 Surdhar, who fenced them on to a crime gang armourer, Sundish Nazran.

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