A student from South Bank University has become the first person in the UK to be convicted and jailed for making a gun with a 3D printer.
Tendai Muswere, 26, from Pimlico, had claimed the firearms were props for a sci-fi film he was making for a university project. He said he found the ammunition rounds in a park.
Police had searched his home on the Lillington Gardens Estate twice over his known links to cannabis cultivation. They found two 3D printers which were in the process of printing a barrel of a revolver, and numerous components for making Washbear and Reprringer firearms.
On the second occasion Muswere threw an incomplete and melted 3D printed cylinder for a Reprringer pepper-box handgun out of the kitchen window as police forced their way inside.
Firearm experts found that the only parts missing for many of Muswere’s 3D firearms to work and become lethal weapons were the steel tube sleevings needed to cover the handguns. However, evidence collated as part of the investigation found Muswere had repeatedly searched for these on the internet.
Muswere was jailed for three years at Southwark Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to two counts of manufacturing a prohibited firearm and two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm. The destruction of the firearm and parts was also ordered.