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Friday, January 22, 2016
Firearms gang's glamorous assistant facing jail after taking provocative naked selfie with powerful AK-47 between her legs
A firearms gang's glamorous assistant was convicted after posing for a provocative selfie with an AK-47 rifle between her legs.
Caitlin Adams, 25, will be sentenced along with five men after a series of weapons were re-activated and sold on to the criminal underworld from a workshop in east London.
Adams was found guilty of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons following a trial and will be sentenced at Harrow Crown Court this afternoon.
Adams was responsible for collecting weapons and delivering them to the workshop in Newham, east London, to be converted.
Former soldier Bart Pawlowski, 42, then used his skills as a metalworker and experience in the Polish army to reactivate the weapons.
The gang's downfall came when Aaron Shane Murphy and Uzair Patel, both 29, were stopped by police in a taxi in Newham in June 2015.
Officers found a reactivated 9mm pistol in the footwell and both men were arrested and later charged.
It later emerged Ishmail Brown, 26, a serving prisoner at HMP Rochester was using an illicit mobile phone from his cell to organise the sale of reactivated weapons into the criminal underworld.
Fellow prisoner Ehsen Abdul-Razak, 19, was also found to be helping Brown sell the weapons with the use of a prohibited mobile phone in his cell.
In a six-month period in early 2015, more than 40 firearms were sourced by the group and eight reactivated firearms have been recovered by police.
Investigations are still ongoing to recover the remaining weapons.
All five will be sentenced this afternoon.
The maximum sentence for transferring a prohibited weapon is 10 years in prison.
Murray, Brown, Pawlowski and Abdul-Razak all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons.
Adams was found guilty to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons after a trial.
Patel pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon.
DC Claire Gentles from 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."
DI 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."