Boy ‘tried to buy sub-machine gun’
Thursday, 13 April 2017
A 14-year-old boy schoolboy allegedly left school at break time to attend a rendezvous in a Coleraine retail park about buying a sub-machine and ammunition, a court has heard.
A police officer said the authorities were monitoring an attempt to acquire a "live" firearm through the 'dark web' and after obtaining covert evidence an "operative" was in place when the boy, who cannot be named because of his age, attended and was arrested.
The officer alleged the accused had £150 cash on him to buy 100 rounds of ammunition and the teenager believed he could further purchase a sub-machine gun. She alleged the accused said he wanted to "intimidate a third party" with the gun.
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