Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020

Student caught with ‘Louis Vuitton’ gun after screwing on designer branding

A student who customised a double-barrelled handgun with Louis Vuitton branding has been jailed.

Kenneth Okafor, was described in court to have an “unhealthy interest” in firearms following his arrest on the Docklands Light Railway, east London in October 2019.

When officers searched the 20-year-old at All Saints station, Poplar as part of a routine operation tackling anti-social behaviour, they found the homemade Louis Vuitton branded gun, as well as a knife.

Detectives searched his home in Jeremiah Street, Tower Hamlets and also found an array of equipment that could have been used to build makeshift ammunition.

The handgun, although simplistic-looking, was forensically examined and found to be capable of firing this ammunition, MyLondon reports.

Inner London Crown Court heard Okafor had a keen interest in the manufacture and possession of firearms and ammunition.

Okafor was found guilty of possessing a firearm, possessing ammunition and carrying a knife in a public place following a trial at Inner London Crown Court.

He was sentenced to two years in a young offender’s institution on Friday (November 6).

Detective Constable Mike Ganly, of British Transport Police, said after the sentencing: “Okafor had an unhealthy interest in firearms and ammunition – both have no place on the rail network where they can put other passengers at risk.

"He has now experienced the consequences and will serve time.

“We patrol the rail network constantly and carry out pre-arranged, intelligence led operations on a weekly basis. Both ensure passengers can travel throughout the capital safely and that people committing offences are dealt with.”

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