Two convicted of trying to buy gun and ammo from undercover officer

26/04/2017

Two men have been convicted of trying to buy a gun and ammunition from an undercover officer.

Tyrone Richards, 22, and Kayvon Banton, 24, were covertly filmed in the undercover officer’s car on 13 July last year, agreeing to buy a Glock 17 from the officer with Banton counting out the cash.

Both men were arrested moments later in the car parked in a Clapham South Tesco car park.

The two Streatham Hill men were found guilty today [26 April] after a trial at Woolwich Crown Court. Richards was also found guilty of possession of heroin, a class A drug.

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Richards (above) and Banton (below) captured by CCTV, (right) the Glock they tried to buy

Another man, Peter Bailey, 17, who had first made contact with the officer saying he was from the Palace/Bromley area, and who had arranged a cut of the profit for bringing in Richards and Banton, pleaded guilty to similar offences at an earlier hearing. He had met the officer previously in a McDonalds car park in Catford.

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 will be sentenced on 24 May.

Notes:

Tyrone Richards, 22, [05/12/1994] 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) at an earlier hearing.
Kayvon Banton, 24, [30/11/1992] pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess ammunition.
Peter Bailey, 17, [16/09/1999] pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm, conspiracy to possess ammunition, and possession of class A drug MDMA.