BY YANN TEAR
A man convicted of manufacturing a firearm using a 3D printer claimed he was making it for a “dystopian” university project.
Tendai Muswere, 26, of Tachbrook Street, Victoria pleaded guilty on Wednesday, June 19 at Southwark Crown Court to a charge of manufacturing a firearm – a 3D printed gun, in the first conviction of its kind in the UK.
Officers were executing a drugs warrant at Muswere’s home in October 2017 when they found components of a 3D printed gun, capable of firing a lethal shot.
Muswere, who does not hold a firearms licence, told officers that he was printing the firearm for a university project. He claimed not to be aware that the components he had made were capable of firing.
He later refused to comment on what his film project was about.
His internet search history revealed that he had viewed videos showing how to use a 3D printer to manufacture weapons which fired live ammunition.
The officers also found cannabis plants and evidence of cannabis cultivation.
A second raid on Muswere’s home in February 2018 resulted in the discovery of further components of a 3D printed gun.
Acting Detective Sergeant Jonathan Roberts, from the Central West CID, who led the investigation, said: “Muswere claimed that he was printing the firearms for a ‘dystopian’ university film project, but he has not explained why he included the component parts necessary to make a lethal barreled weapon.
“We know that Muswere was planning to line the printed firearms with steel tubes in order to make a barrel capable of firing.
“This conviction, which I believe is the first of its kind relating to the use of a 3D printer to produce a firearm, has prevented a viable gun from getting into the hand of criminals and is an excellent example of great partnership working between detectives, neighbourhood police and our forensic colleagues.”
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