Antique firearms dealer made bullets in his bedroom used in two murders

first_imgHe added: “Mohinder Surdhar is a firearms certificates holder, permitted to possess rifles and shotguns but not handguns.”It is now clear that Surdhar was supplying the organised crime group with the guns and ammunition.”Surdhar, who has admitted his involvement and pleaded guilty to this same conspiracy upon which you are trying Mr Edmunds, obtained the guns from various sources including Mr Edmunds and the specially-made or adapted ammunition from Edmunds.”Mr Fisher also told the jury police discovered Edmund spent £1,144,923 across 14 different credit card or bank accounts between 2009 and 2015.He said £841,777 had been paid into these accounts, including £45,000 in cheques alone from Dr Surdhar and £56,000 from ‘unknown sources’.”In fact over £650,000 that was paid into his bank accounts is simply recorded as ‘credit’, the precise nature of which is unknown whether it was cheques or cash,” Mr Fisher said. “He was doing other business as well, he was trading. Historically his business had mainly been in rifles. But we can’t trace where all that £650,000 has come from. Some of it no doubt is legitimate, how much of it is very difficult to tell.”Edmunds, who wore a blue and white shirt, listened to proceedings using a hearing loop.He denies a total of five charges including conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition between January 1, 2009 and November 8, 2015.The trial, which is expected to last five weeks, continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. All the specially-made or adapted ammunition recovered by the police… matched ammunition found at Edmunds’ houseAndrew Fisher QC He has an expertise and almost encyclopaedic knowledge of guns and ammunitionAndrew Fisher QC An antique firearms dealer supplied guns and ammunition to the criminal underworld which were used in two murders and more than 90 shootings across Britain, a court heard.Paul Edmunds, 65, is accused of using his “encyclopaedic knowledge” of firearms legislation to import hundreds of pre-war handguns from the United States before making tens of thousands of rounds of specially-made ammunition in the garage and bedroom of his Cotswolds home.The prosecution claim he then supplied some of the weapons and ammo to gangsters in the West Midlands “almost upon demand”.Edmunds, of Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, went on trial accused of conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday. He also faces two other firearms charges and two counts of perverting the course of justice.The court heard Edmunds came to the attention of police after the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) noticed an increasing number of pre-war handguns at crime scenes, including several fatal shootings.They managed to arrest and convict an organised crime gang involved in supplying the firearms with the specially-made ammunition. Experts at NABIS realised tool markings on the ammunition matched those they had recovered over several years and set up Operation Gold Dust.Opening the prosecution case, Andrew Fisher QC said further enquiries then led them to Edmunds, who it is claimed was making the ammunition in his garage, attic and bedroom.He added: “The firearms experts at NABIS had noticed that since 2009, particularly in the Midlands, an increasing number of the police recoveries were of pre-war handguns for which there was no commercially available ammunition.”Most of these recoveries included specially-made ammunition for these guns and upon examination that much of this ammunition had been manufactured using the same equipment.”Microscopic examination enabled them to see tell-tale tool markings on the ammunition, rather like fingerprints, which all matched.”Thus it appeared to them that the same person or manufacturer was supplying all the specially-made or adapted ammunition recovered from over 90 different crime scenes around the country.”The court heard Edmunds is a licensed or registered firearms dealer who is permitted to possess handguns as well as rifles and shotguns.”Plainly he has an expertise and almost encyclopaedic knowledge of guns and ammunition,” Mr Fisher added. “He has used his knowledge and status as a registered firearms dealer to get round the legislation controlling firearms and it has now become clear has been supplying guns and ammunition wholly unlawfully for many years.”The court heard police discovered tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition and tools for making bullets for almost any and every calibre of gun at Edmunds’ home.Numerous guns were recovered at the property during a search, with only some of held properly under the terms of his dealer’s licence.”As to ammunition, his home contained in effect three separate armouries,” Mr Fisher continued.”The principle one was in his garage and this was the only one known to and inspected by the authorities.”The police discovered a second one in a bedroom where he undertook some of the modifications for the specially-adapted ammunition and a third one which was more of a store in the attic.”Upon examination it was found that all the specially-made or adapted ammunition recovered by the police in the 90 plus recoveries from crime scenes matched ammunition found at Edmunds’ house.”The tools had been filed or damaged in an attempt to disguise their unique tool markings as though trying to remove one’s fingerprints.”The prosecution claim that Edmunds had imported hundreds of guns from the United States without putting them on his Firearms Register.Mr Fisher said the dealer spent over $400,000, or £250,000, on firearms he imported between 2009 and 2015.He told the jury: “Using his encyclopaedic knowledge of firearms legislation Mr Edmunds managed to evade many of the controls.”This included costs and taxes, in order to make it both cheaper for him, thereby increasing the profits he could make, and more importantly easier to distribute the firearms into the illicit market.”The guns and his specially-made ammunition were then supplied through a middle man called Dr Mohinder Surdhar, the court heard.last_img read more