Six Guilty Of Firearms And Ammunition Supply
23rd January 2016
Four men and a woman convicted for their roles in the illegal manufacture and supply of firearms and ammunition were sentenced to a total of 45 years at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, 22 January.
A fifth man convicted has had his sentencing adjourned until March.
On 16 June 2015, officers from the Trident and Area Crime Command stopped a minicab in Bishops Avenue, Newham. The passengers, Aaron Shane Murray and Uzair Patel, were removed from the vehicle and a firearm - a reactivated 9mm self-loading pistol - was found in the footwell. Both men were arrested for possession of a firearm.
Subsequent police investigations identified that Murray was purchasing deactivated weapons and reactivating them at a workshop. This workshop was quickly located and the owner of the workshop - Bart Pawlowski - was arrested. The group used Pawlowski's skill as a metalworker and former soldier in the Polish army to reactivate these weapons. Ammunition was also manufactured by the group.
Further investigations led to the identification of two further key members of the conspiracy; Ishmael Brown and Caitlin Adams. Brown was a serving prisoner at HMP Rochester and, using an illicit mobile from his cell, was responsible for sourcing deactivated weapons and organising the onward sale of the weapons to the criminal underworld. His girlfriend, Caitlin Adams, was responsible for collecting the deactivated weapons and delivering them to the workshop.
In the six-month period between January and June 2015, in excess of 40 firearms, including an AK47 style assault rifle, were sourced by the group. To date, eight reactivated firearms linked to this group have been recovered. Police investigations are ongoing to recover the remaining weapons.
Another prisoner at HMP Rochester, Ehsen Abdul-Razak, was also found to be using an illicit mobile phone from his cell and assisted Brown in organising the sale of the firearm to Patel.
DC Claire Gentles, the officer in the case for the Trident and Area Crime Command, said:
"The firearms and ammunition this gang converted had the potential to cause great harm on the streets of London and there is no doubt that the Capital is a safer place as a result of the network being dismantled.
"The sentencing of Caitlin Adams should serve as a warning to others of the grave consequences of storing and transporting guns for others."
Detective Inspector James Hale, from the Trident and Area Crime Command, said:
"This was a complex investigation targeting criminals both inside and outside of prison as part of the Met's fight against gang and gun crime. We successfully collaborated with our colleagues in the prison service to recover the mobile phones and I would like to pay tribute to my detectives who have worked tirelessly to make communities safer and see this case to its successful conclusion.
"I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of any of the outstanding weapons to contact police."
Six individuals were found guilty / pleaded guilty as follows:
Aaron Shane Murray, 28 (14.12.86) of Witley Point, Wandsworth pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons.
Sentencing has been adjourned until March pending psychiatric reports.
Ishmael Brown, 26 (22.12.89) of HMP Rochester pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and was sentenced to 12 years.
Bart Pawlowski, 42 (06.08.73) of Thornsett Rd, Wandsworth was found guilty of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and was sentenced to 13 years.
Caitlin Adams, 25 (17.02.90) of Campshill Rd, Lewisham was found guilty of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and was sentenced to 10 years.
Uzair Patel, 28 (25.01.87) of Abbey Rd, Newham pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and sentenced to five years.
Ehsen Abdul-Razak, 19 (10.03.96) of HMP Rochester, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and was sentenced to five years.