Conviction for making gun using 3D printer ‘is a first’

26-year-old Tendai Muswere told police he created the firearm for a university project

Tuesday, 25th June 2019 — By Samantha Booth

3D gun

A police image of the ‘printed’ gun made by Tendai Muswere

A PIMLICO man who told officers he made a gun with a 3D printer for a university project has pleaded guilty to manufacturing a firearm, in what is thought to be the first conviction of its kind in the country.

Police carried out a drugs warrant at Tendai Muswere’s home in Tachbrook Street in October 2017.

They said they found components of a 3D printed gun which was capable of firing a lethal shot.

Tendai Muswere

The 26-year-old told officers he was printing the firearm for a project but pleaded guilty on Wednesday at Southwark Crown Court to a charge of manufacturing a firearm.

He is due to be sentenced in August.

Acting Detective Sergeant Jonathan Roberts, from Central West CID, who led the investigation, said: “This conviction, which I believe is the first of its kind relating to the use of a 3D printer to produce a firearm, has prevented a viable gun from getting into the hands of criminals and is an excellent example of great partnership working between detectives, neighbourhood police, and our forensic colleagues.”

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