Bromley teenager convicted as duo try to buy gun and ammo from undercover officer
PUBLISHED: 10:53 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:53 27 April 2017
The 17-year-old thought he would get a share of the profit
A teenager is one of three men caught out in a police sting after trying to sell a gun and ammunition.
The 17-year-old from Bromley, who cannot be named due to his age, found two men to sell the weapon to and arranged to receive a share of the profit with what turned out to be an undercover police officer.
Tyrone Richards 22, and Kavyon Banton 24, were secretly filmed in the undercover officer’s car agreeing to buy a Glock 17 on July 13.
Banton was filmed counting out cash in the car, and moments later the pair were arrested in a Tesco car park in Clapham.
Banton admitted conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and conspiracy to possess ammunition.
Richards however, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life and possession of a controlled drug of class A (MDMA) following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm, conspiracy to possess ammunition and possession of MDMA.
London CPS reviewing lawyer Susanne Alavi said: “These three men fully expected to walk away having negotiated the sale of a lethal weapon.
“Richards made a last ditch effort to claim he was only trying to buy a gun so he could then inform the police and thwart the sale.
“The CPS, together with the police, put forward a strong prosecution case involving the analysis of voice recordings of previous tip-off calls Richards claimed to have made, leading to these verdicts.”
All three people will be sentenced on May 24.