Kyle Davies: Gloucester teenager who idolised Columbine killers discovered responsible over mass capturing plot

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Kyle Davies is led out from Gloucester Crown Court where he is accused of trying to buy a Glock pistol.

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A British teenager who noticed the Columbine killers as “poster boys” and had a “deep and protracted” curiosity in mass shootings has been discovered responsible of making an attempt to purchase a gun and ammunition to hazard life.

Kyle Davies, 19, was arrested final June after a parcel addressed to his dwelling in Gloucester was intercepted at Newark airport in New Jersey.

It was discovered to comprise a Glock 17 handgun, journal and 5 rounds of ammunition, whereas materials on Davies’s digital gadgets included directions to “observe within the footsteps” of Anders Breivik and different mass murderers.

Following a trial at Gloucester Crown Courtroom, Davies was discovered responsible of trying to own a firearm with intent to hazard life and trying to own 5 rounds of ammunition with intent to hazard life.

After the verdicts, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) rejected Davies’ declare that he wished to purchase the weapon to kill himself and informed Sky Information that the proof confirmed he was planning a mass capturing.

“The amount and quantity of fabric that he had researched… was not that of anyone who was making an attempt to kill themselves,” mentioned Rachael Scott, head of the CPS South West complicated case work unit.

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Davies pictured being led out of Gloucester Crown Courtroom, flanked by safety officers

“The fabric he had pointed on to that he wished to commit some kind of mass capturing.

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“I am extremely relieved he is been convicted of those offences.”

Davies – who denied the costs towards him – used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to buy the weapon and ammunition from a web based gun seller via the darkish net, the court docket heard.

{The teenager} had a whole lot of pages of paperwork regarding massacres and explosives on a USB stick and his laptop computer, a few of which might be described as how-to guides.

They included materials regarding Breivik, the Columbine Excessive College capturing – wherein 13 individuals had been murdered – and Liam Lyburd, who deliberate a mass homicide at his former faculty.

Prosecutor Anna Vigars mentioned a lot of the fabric had been “researched and saved in huge portions” and revealed “a deep and protracted curiosity in them – what their goals had been and what they achieved”.

“They had been his poster boys,” Mrs Vigars mentioned.

ALL TV OUT Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Kyle Davies in Gloucester Crown Court where he is accused of trying to buy a Glock pistol.
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Kyle Davies denied the costs towards him

Police additionally discovered lists of apparatus with hyperlinks for the place to buy objects together with a fuel masks, trench coat, gloves, boots, physique armour and a leg pistol holder, in addition to how a lot they price.

Prosecutors described Davies as an “an peculiar A-level pupil” who deliberate to go to Exeter College however had spent greater than £1,000 to purchase the gun on-line.

Giving proof at his trial, Davies denied that he was intending to hold out a mass capturing and insisted he wrote lists of apparatus out of “boredom” throughout free intervals at college.

Davies mentioned he was “placing myself into the mindset” of mass murderers – reminiscent of Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold – who he mentioned he “most carefully related” with.

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Kyle Davies noticed the Columbine Excessive College killers (pictured) as ‘poster boys’

“I wasn’t planning to kill anybody. I did not have a particular plan,” he informed the jury.

“It was only a obscure concept. I thought-about utilizing explosives to kill myself however I did not actually pursue it very a lot.”

Requested if he felt revulsion when viewing materials associated to mass murders, reminiscent of Columbine, Davies replied: “I disagreed with it however I would not say revulsion, it’s a little bit of a powerful phrase.”

He informed the jury that he drew 77 stick individuals to signify the victims of Breivik’s bloodbath in Norway in 2011 as he discovered it “tough to visualise”.

When requested about his view of how many individuals Breivik murdered, Davies replied: “Seventy-seven individuals by yourself is quite a bit.”

After the parcel addressed to Davies containing the gun and ammunition was intercepted at Newark Airport, an undercover officer delivered a duplicate bundle to {the teenager}’s dwelling in Gloucester on June 20 final yr.

His mom signed for the supply and police waited exterior the home to make sure the parcel was opened by Davies, the court docket heard.

Firearms officers then went into the property and arrested {the teenager}, who was heard saying as he was introduced out: “You must have simply shot me. I have not technically possessed something anyway.”

Following the convictions, Scott Crabb, particular agent with US homeland safety, mentioned investigations had been ongoing to determine who offered the gun and ammunition to Davies.

He informed Sky Information: “Little doubt the work performed right here within the UK has saved lives. For us to a part of that…could be very rewarding.”

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