Rogue dealer supplied arms used in mur­ders

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A ROGUE firearms dealer who blamed the Dun­blane mas­sacre in 1996 for ru­in­ing the shoot­ing com­mu­nity has been found guilty of sup­ply­ing il­le­gal hand­guns and home-made bul­lets used or found at more than 100 crime scenes, in­clud­ing three mur­ders.

Paul Ed­munds, 66, im­ported a Colt pis­tol used in a fa­tal shoot­ing at a London night­club and supplied am­mu­ni­tion used in two other killings and an at­tempt to shoot down a po­lice he­li­copter.

The reg­is­tered gun-dealer, who said in in­ter­view that he “didn’t give a sh**” who he sold to, was found guilty of con­spir­acy to sup­ply firearms and am­mu­ni­tion and smug­gling banned Colt hand­guns into the UK.

Birm­ing­ham Crown Court heard 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.

Ed­munds told of­fi­cers he was “not re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions of some­body that buys some things”, adding his “duty of care” only ex­tended to not sell­ing to peo­ple who “didn’t look right”.

Ed­munds said that af­ter the Dun­blane mas­sacre, the firearms com­mu­nity had been “shafted”.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 20. THE fa­ther of a teenager who mur­dered his teacher said his son “very much re­grets what he did and is des­per­ate to find a route to get bet­ter”, an in­quest has heard.

A state­ment by Ian Cor­nick was read out at the in­quest into the death of Ann Maguire.

The Span­ish teacher was stabbed by Will Cor­nick at

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