Thom Dyke has successfully prosecuted an Uber driver (AK) and his friend (ES) for “selling guns to straight killers”.
On 23 May 2017, police had the pair under surveillance in North London. ES was seen leaving his house holding a bag containing 17 rounds of ammunition and a handgun. He got into the back of AK’s car, where he passed him the bag. AK drove off towards the West End, but was stopped by armed police on the Strand.
AK and ES were arrested. ES refused to hand over the PIN codes to his phones. Police phone analysts were able to crack the security on ES’s phones and examine their contents. They found a gallery of images showing ES posing at fire-ranges with handguns and firing them, as well a note with the title “sold guns to straight killers”.
ES was convicted by a jury of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life, and refusing to give up his mobile phone pin code to police. AK, was found guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition without a license. They are due to be sentenced on 06 August 2018 at the Crown Court sitting at Woolwich.