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DEATH DEALER; Garden shed gun factory linked to scores of gangland shootings.

Byline: By EXAMINER News Correspondent

A MAN whose converted guns were used in dozens of gangland shootings - including the Bradford robbery at which Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was killed - faces jail today.

Gunsmith Grant Wilkinson adapted replica sub-machineguns for use by the underworld in a shed he turned in to a gun factory.

His Mac-10s were used in nine murders, including the killings of 15-year-old Michael Dosunmu, Jamail Newton, 19, and Richard Holmes, 25.

Wilkinson, 34, modified the weapons in a paddock behind a derelict house in Berkshire.

Police believe the scale of his operation is without precedent in Britain.

Prosecutors said his "factory" was able to meet the level of demand nationwide for the weapons.

One gun was fired during the robbery in which Pc Beshenivsky was killed in November, 2005, although it did not fire the fatal shot.

Another Mac-10 was fired at Michael Dosunmu as he lay in bed in Peckham, London.

Some 40 weapons from his cache are still on the streets and Scotland Yard has offered a pounds 10,000 reward for information leading to their recovery.

Wilkinson produced the guns in 2004 in two sheds at Three Mile Cross. He paid pounds 55,000 for 90 blank-firing weapons, saying they were for use in films.

One of Wilkinson's tenants stumbled on gun-making equipment and tools and told police.

Yesterday a jury at Reading Crown Court found him guilty of a string of firearms offences.


FACING JAIL: Grant Wilkinson; WITHOUT PRECEDENT: Part of Grant Wilkinson's factory, where he converted replica weapons into killers (below); VICTIMS: From top: Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, Jamail Newton, Richard Holmes and Michael Dosunmu
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2008
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