Sentencing gunsmith link to nine murder scenes

August 28th, 2008 - 2:49 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

A gunsmith Grant Wilkinson, 34, who converted replica submachine guns into lethal weapons was convicted on 27 August convicted at Reading crown court of supplying guns used to kill nine people.

Wilkinson bought 90 blank- firing Mac-10s from a registered gun dealer and claimed those are to be used in James Bond film but then he turned them into lethal weapons which spread into groups of Britain teenagers. The weapons were used in 52 shootings in London, the Midlands and Manchester, resulting in eight murders within 4 years.

His lethal Mac-10s were used in nine murders, including:

Murder case of Curtis Smith, 36 year-old, hewas shot outside Red nightclub in Limehouse, east London, July this year.

In 2007 Michael Dosunmu, shot dead while asleep in Peckham, south-east London. Mohammed Sannoh, 19, and Abdi Omar Noor, 22, convicted of murder. The dead boy’s father, Rasak Dosunmu, 51, said yesterday that Wilkinson was as responsible for his son’s death as his killers. “You are talking about blood money – this is not a legitimate business or legitimate money,” he added.

There are three cases together in 2006′ including Jason Greene, 29, who ambushed by gunmen who shot him dead in front of his children in north London. In October, Antoine Smith, 24, shot dead by two attackers on bicycles in south-west London. Two teenagers acquitted of murder and in November Jamail Newton, 19, shot dead in Camberwell Green, south London, by two gunmen armed with Mac-10s, including a gun used to kill Mr Smith in October.

November 2005 PC Sharon Beshenivsky shot dead outside a travel agency in Bradford. Mac-10 discharged at the scene. Somalian Yusuf Jama, 20, convicted of murder.

Wilkinson will be sentenced before Judge Zoe Smith at Reading Crown Court.

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