Two illegal arms dealers who used 3D printer to create lethal machine guns for criminal gangs are jailed for a total of 30 years
- Sibusiso Moyo, 41 and Christopher Gill, 35, were convicted of creating firearms
- It is thought the 3D weapons were first of their kind ever seized by UK police
Two illegal arms dealers who used a 3D printer to create lethal machine guns destined for criminal gangs have been jailed for a total of 30 years.
Sibusiso Moyo, 41 and Christopher Gill, 35, were convicted of manufacturing the firearms after police found the deadly plastic weapons in the back of a BMW.
Moyo, from Hull, was jailed for 18 years after he was found guilty of illegally manufacturing a firearm and a separate identity fraud offence following a trial.
Gill, from Bradford, was jailed for 13 years after he was found guilty of illegally manufacturing a firearm.
It is thought the 3D-printed assault weapons were the first of their kind ever seized by police in the UK.
Christopher Gill, 35, was jailed for 13 years after he was found guilty of illegally manufacturing a firearm
Sibusiso Moyo, 41, was jailed for 18 years after he was found guilty of illegally manufacturing a firearm and a separate identity fraud offence
Video footage revealed how officers swooped in on the car that Majeed Rehman, 46 – an associate of the pair – had been driving on May 17 last year in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Police discovered an ‘FGC9’ homemade automatic sub-machine gun, magazine and bullets hidden in a supermarket bag-for-life in the rear footwell of the car.
Police performed the stop on the vehicle after surveillance showed a man, later identified as Gill, getting into the BMW while carrying the shopping bag.
Raids on Gill’s property, led by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, found two further almost complete FGC9s in a holdall hidden in his loft.
When Moyo was later arrested, evidence showed he’d been manufacturing FGC9s at his home address in Hull where he had two 3D printers and parts to make weapons.
Officers also found a range of other tools and parts, including springs and screws, that could be used to make the guns as shown in an online manual at his address.
Disturbingly, one of the weapons recovered had an image of an arm holding a curved sword with what appears to be blood dripping from its blade imprinted on its side.
Evidence also showed firearms at various stages of construction in Moyo’s Kitchen and garage, as well as inside Gill’s home address. As well, Moyo’s DNA was found on the weapon taken from the BMW.
Sheffield Crown Court heard forensic firearms experts based at the Royal Armouries in Leeds had tested the seized items and confirmed they were viable firearms.
Pictured are the component parts for a FGC9 homemade automatic sub-machine gun
It is thought the 3D-printed assault weapons were the first of their kind ever seized by police in the UK
The 3D printer used to create the lethal weapons in Moyo’s kitchen
A look at one of the bullets that was recovered during the raid on their houses
Speaking after the sentencing, Senior Investigating Officer Det Chf Inspector Andrew Howard of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, said 3D guns posed a ‘real threat’.
‘Our investigation found that Sibusiso Moyo and Christopher Gill followed detailed instructions and systematically bought items used to manufacture and construct these deadly firearms and ammunition.
‘They demonstrated levels of sophistication in the manufacture processes and successfully produced viable firearms.
‘Majeeb Rehman a close criminal associate, was found guilty of distributing one of the viable FGC9, a 3D printed firearm with an ammunition clip containing eight live rounds of ammunition.
‘Manufacture of viable 3D printed firearms is a real threat and these firearms were built for one purpose only, to be supplied to other organised criminals who would use them to inflict harm.’
He added: ‘This has been a ground breaking complex investigation supported by the National Crime Agency into the new threat posed by 3D printed guns.’
Matt Perfect, Operations Manager at the National Crime Agency (NCA) National Firearms Targeting Centre, said the operation had been the first of its kind.
He said: ‘This OCG (organised crime group) was the first in the UK convicted of trying to supply other criminal groups with 3D printed firearms.
‘Gun crime in the UK continues to be relatively low compared to mainland Europe and is among the lowest in the world.
‘However, demand for firearms in the criminal market continues. Suppressing their availability is therefore a national priority for the NCA and UK law enforcement.
‘The NCA works closely with our policing partners at home and abroad to target criminals using firearms, and to cut off supply routes into the country as well as distribution within it.’
Rehman from Bradford, was found guilty of possession of ammunition and conspiracy to transfer a prohibited firearm. He will be sentenced at a later date.
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