Gloucester teen accused of importing gun tells court he finds videos of executions "interesting"
By Court Reporter | 18th July 2019
The Gloucester teenager accused of importing a deadly Glock 17 pistol into the UK from America was watching videos of people being executed and distributing them from the age of about 14, a court heard today.
Kyle Davies, 19, of Wotton, Gloucester also researched explosives, including Molotov Cocktails, on the Internet, Gloucester Crown Court was told.
In the witness box for a second day, the defendant admits attempting to import the firearm and 9 mm ammunition into the country but he denies any intent to endanger life. He says that the gun was to kill himself.
Under cross-examination by prosecuting barrister Anna Vigars, Davies said that he had been watching execution videos, including ISIS beheadings, for "many years."
Mrs Vigars: "Don't you find such videos repellent? Are you not horrified by them?"
Davies: "No, not particularly - I find them interesting."
Mrs Vigars: "How long have you been watching execution videos?"
The defendant: "For many years, maybe for the past five years."
Davies also said that he was part of an Internet chat group and he would circulate the videos to his friends.
The prosecuting barrister then referred to a handwritten document by the defendant entitled 'General Improvised Explosives', found on his laptop.
"Why have you got a price list of things to buy to make a Molotov Cocktail?" asked the barrister.
Davies had previously said that he had considered committing suicide using explosives before he decided on the Glock handgun.
Said Mrs Vigars: "Who would ever try to commit suicide using a Molotov Cocktail? They are used to spread fear in riot situations in crowded places."
Mrs Vigars said that the document was part of an arsenal of weapons, explosives and equipment that the defendant was contemplating putting together.
"The budget with a list of prices, body armour, weaponry, bombs, post office box numbers and reference to an apartment to rent is all part of that one plan, isn't it?"
"No," replied Davies. "They are things I am interested in."
The court heard that the defendant also read a great deal about mass shootings on the Internet.
"What about Dunblane - the killing of primary school children?" she said.
"Don't you feel revulsion for what was done and doesn't the mass killing of children make you sick?"
"Revulsion is a strong word," replied Davies.
Davies was asked about the Norway massacre of 69 teenagers at a beach resort by Anders Breivik in 2011.
Mrs Vigars asked him if he regarded it as the accomplishment of a plan.
He replied: "Yes - that many people is quite a lot on your own."
The trial continues.
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