Former PSNI officer "caught red-handed" trying to buy gun on 'dark web'

The former policeman was "caught red-handed" trying to buy a gun over the 'dark web'

A disgraced former PSNI officer "caught red-handed" in an undercover police sting trying to buy a gun over the 'dark web' accepts that he faces a "substantial custodial sentence" for firearm and drug crimes, a court heard today.

Allen Kennedy, whose address was given as c/o Strandtown police station in east Belfast, pleaded guilty at Downpatrick Crown Court to possessing a 9 mm Russian pistol, 10 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and a silencer on September 5, 2016 with intent to endanger life.

The 31-year-old, from Bangor County Down, also pleaded guilty to possessing 102.24 grammes of cocaine with intent to supply.

The shamed policeman additionally admitted to possessing 30 grammes of cocaine at a house in Cairndore Avenue in Newtownards, along with 50 diazepam tablets and 10 grammes of Class C amphetamines.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice by crashing his BMW car in March 2014 in Bangor, Co Down and then deliberately setting it on fire.

Prosecution counsel Sam Magee told the court that Kennedy used the 'dark web' to try and buy the gun from two undercover police officers.

Judge Piers Grant heard during a rendezvous at Annadale Embankment in south Belfast, Kennedy met one of the undercover officers and seconds after handing over money he was surrounded by armed police and arrested.

During following searches police found drugs, both in his car and at his parent’s home, with a street value of £10,000. They also found a total of 50 x 9 mm "dumb dumb" cartridges which were normally used in "big game hunting".

Defence barrister Conan Rae said Kennedy was now remorseful for his actions and said he accepted that he faces a "substantial custodial sentence" for his crimes. He told the court that his life went into a "downward spiral" when he was struck by a stolen car while on duty and spent six months on sick leave after sustaining a fracture to his right foot.

Judge Piers Grant said he would pass sentence in two weeks.