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Rogue gun dealer who supplied pistol used to murder Poplar man is facing jail today

PUBLISHED: 09:42 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:44 21 December 2017

Edmunds will be sentenced today. Picture credit: West Midlands Police

Edmunds will be sentenced today. Picture credit: West Midlands Police

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A rogue firearms dealer will be sentenced today for supplying illegal handguns and home-made bullets linked to more than 100 crime scenes, including the murder of a Poplar man.

Mohammed Hassan Isman Omer was shot dead in 2013. Picture credit: Met Police.Mohammed Hassan Isman Omer was shot dead in 2013. Picture credit: Met Police.

Paul Edmunds imported a Colt pistol used to kill Hassan Mohamed Omer Isman who was shot dead in West End club Avalon on Boxing Day in 2013.

The 66-year-old also supplied ammunition used in two other killings and an attempt to shoot down a police helicopter.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard Edmunds from Hardwicke in Gloucestershire, was arrested at his home in 2015, where he had three armouries and made bullets to fit antique weapons.

The registered gun dealer, who said in an interview he “didn’t give a sh*t” who he sold to, was found guilty in November of conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition and smuggling banned Colt handguns into the UK from the United States.

Dr Mohinder Surdhar as acted as Edmunds' middle man. Picture credit: West Midlands PoliceDr Mohinder Surdhar as acted as Edmunds' middle man. Picture credit: West Midlands Police

Jurors also convicted the pensioner of possessing a prohibited air pistol and perverting the course of justice by filing down a bullet-making tool to destroy potential evidence.

A two-month re-trial was told Edmunds and middleman Dr Mohinder Surdhar - likened by police to the lead characters in the TV series Breaking Bad - acted together to supply antique revolvers and custom-made ammunition to criminal gangs.

Surdhar, 56, from Handsworth in Birmingham, admitted conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition between 2009 and 2015 before trial.

Edmunds’ barrister acknowledged, following conviction, that the gun-dealer was facing a sentence of at least 25 years.

Both men will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.

Two men stood trial for the murder of the 31-year-old Hassan and were found not guilty.

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