Gloucester teen Kyle Davies jailed for mass shooting plot

Kyle DaviesImage copyright Gloucestershire Police
Image caption Kyle Davies was also convicted of possession of indecent images

A teenager who was found guilty of planning a mass shooting has been jailed for 16 years.

Kyle Davies, 19, from Gloucester, tried to buy a handgun and ammunition for £1,000 from a dealer on the dark web.

He was found guilty of attempting to possess a Glock 17 pistol and ammunition with intent to endanger life, following a trial in July.

At Taunton Crown Court, Judge Paul Cook said Davies “had the intention to endanger life in a shooting event”.

During the trial at Gloucester Crown Court, the jury heard the Columbine School massacre gunmen and Norwegian extremist killer Anders Breivik were “poster boys” for Davies.

A package containing the weapon and ammunition Davies had ordered was intercepted in the USA and officers in the UK were tipped off.

Image copyright South West Regional Organised Crime Unit/PA Wire
Image caption A Glock pistol and ammunition were ordered online by Davies

The parcel was substituted for a dummy one that was delivered by an undercover officer to his home, where he was arrested.

A search of Davies’s home revealed computer files and notes about mass killers.

He had denied the charges, saying he had bought the weapon to kill himself, yet the court heard he had written out a list of other items he wanted to buy including petrol, a gas mask and body armour.

Davies, who was aged 18 at the time of the offences, had also drawn 77 stickmen to represent the victims of the 2011 explosion and shootings in Norway.

He was also convicted of attempting to evade the prohibition on importing a prohibited weapon, and possession of indecent images.

And he was sentenced to a concurrent prison term of six months after being convicted of two charges of making indecent images of children, relating to 250 images and two videos found on his devices.

The defendant was also handed an eight-year term, to run concurrently with his 16-year sentence, after evading the prohibition on firearms and ammunition imports.

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