#AceNewsReport – Sept.13: A teenager who idolised the Columbine High School killer has been jailed for 16 years for planning a mass shooting: Kyle Davies bought a handgun and ammunition from a dealer on the dark web and had instructions to “follow in the footsteps” of Anders Breivik and other mass murderers: Davies, dressed in a maroon jumper and wearing glasses, looked solemn during his sentencing hearing at Taunton Crown Court, where he appeared via video link from HMP Brinsford: The court heard during his trial a parcel addressed to the 19 year old’s home in Gloucester was intercepted at Newark airport in New Jersey, USA: It was found to contain a Glock 17 handgun, magazine and five rounds of ammunition.
Following a trial at Gloucester Crown Court, Davies was found guilty of attempting to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and attempting to possess five rounds of ammunition with intent to endanger life: He previously admitted making indecent images of children.
The glock and ammunition (Image: PA)
During sentencing Judge Paul Cook told Davies: “This was the culmination of months of methodical research and preparation: “The material they found (police) was disturbing and chilling. The material showed extensive research on your part and interest in mass murders.”…………………The court had been previously been told that Davies used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to make his purchase online, which cost around £1,000………Giving evidence at his trial, Davies denied that he was intending to carry out a “mass shooting” and said he had bought the weapon to kill himself: He insisted that he wrote lists of equipment such as gas masks and body armour, as well as explosives, out of “boredom” during free periods at school…………..”I was bored and had nothing to do,” he told the jury…………He said he was “putting myself into the mindset” of mass murderers such as Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who he said he “most closely associated” with……………………….”This whole note is about me trying to put myself into the mind of a shooter,” he told the jury.
In cross-examination by Anna Vigars QC, he said: “I wasn’t planning to kill anyone. I didn’t have a specific plan……….It was just a vague idea. I considered using explosives to kill myself but I didn’t really pursue it very much: “There wasn’t a plan……….”I first got the idea for buying the gun from reading about mass shootings. I hadn’t really considered it before – the same with the explosives.”…………Mrs Vigars asked if he felt revulsion when viewing material related to mass murders, such as Columbine……….”I disagreed with it but I wouldn’t say revulsion, it is a bit of a strong word,” Davies replied…………….The court heard that Davies had hundreds of pages of documents relating to massacres and explosives on the USB stick and his laptop, some of which could be described as how-to guides.
Davies told the jury: “There was no physical preparation………”I’ve taken no steps to follow any of the advice to any degree in any of these documents.”………But when officers searched his bedroom after his arrest, they discovered handwritten notes relating to planning a massacre and Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.
Officers from the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit said they had stopped Davies at “phase one” of his plan and found no evidence that he had identified a target: Prosecutor Stephen Dent told the court that ‘preparations were advanced’, as he recapped the findings of the trial….
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