ZIMBA JAILED IN THE UK
A Zimbabwean film student has become the first person in the UK to be jailed for making a gun with a 3D printer.
Tendai Muswere, 26, printed a revolver and a handgun using plastic resin at his flat in Pimlico in October 2017 and later claimed they were just props for a project.
He has been jailed for three years after he pleaded guilty to making the guns, which he said would be used in a film project for his course at London South Bank University.
The Zimbabwean admitted producing a plastic Washbear revolver as well as a so-called Hexen Pepper-box handgun – both specially designed for 3D printing.
Claire Holder, from the CPS, said: ‘Muswere claimed that the firearms found in his flat were made for a university film project and were incapable of firing deadly shots.
‘However, he was using 3-D designs found on the internet which were specifically for the making of live firearms. Evidence also showed that he had made repeated attempts to print the weapons, which we believe showed that he was trying to perfect a workable firearm.
‘It is illegal to manufacture or possess prohibited weapons without a license. This was the first prosecution of its kind in the UK and we hope it serves as a warning to anyone who is considering possessing and manufacturing firearms.’
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