Gun Fantasist Posed As A Woman Pleads Guilty

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Mr. Hillyer’s acquaintances and work colleagues described him as a “Walter Mitty type character.”

A UK man who was nabbed by the police after he used an elaborate plan to order a gun on the darkweb has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to import a firearm and ammunition illegally into the UK. 38 year old Darren Hillyer, a resident of Milton Keynes in the south eastern county of Buckinghamshire, took the plea at a Bristol Crown Court.

Hillyer’s darkweb co-conspirator, the 47-year-old Ian MacPhee from Newton Abbot, Devon also pled guilty to charges of attempting to evade paying duty on an item he knew originated from outside the UK.

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Court sources indicate that the Bristol Crown Court will issue sentences for the two on or before 30th of October.

It is yet another reminder that using the medium of the darkweb to buy illegal stuff is no guarantee that you will evade justice.

Hillyer concocted a profile of a desperate woman eager to exact revenge on a pedophile former lover. He placed an order for a Luger LC9 9 millimeter pistol as well as 50 rounds of ammunition on one of the more popular

He placed an order for a Luger LC9 9 millimeter pistol as well as 50 rounds of ammunition on one of the more popular darkweb platforms. He used the handle “Emma” to complete the apparition of being a desperate woman.

He used the handle “Emma” to complete the apparition of being a desperate woman.

To protect his identity further, Hillyer had made arrangements with MacPhee to receive the package from a local post office on his behalf and forward it on. During the

During the case it emerged that the two had actually never met in person but had contacted each other on an online chat room. What they did not know was that their

What they did not know was that their darkweb plot had come under the radar of police offices in Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

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MacPhee walked into his local post office at Newton Abbott on the morning of July 28, well unaware that the package he was about to retrieve did not contain the expected darkweb merchandise but rather a plastic replica packaged inside a DAB radio transmitter. NCA officers moved in immediately, arresting MacPhee with the incriminating

NCA officers moved in immediately, arresting MacPhee with the incriminating darkweb parcel in his hands. The police officers immediately went into action, tracing the forwarding address. Later that afternoon they nabbed the architect of the

The police officers immediately went into action, tracing the forwarding address. Later that afternoon they nabbed the architect of the darkweb conspiracy at Euston, London. It turned that Hillyer, the erstwhile make-believe Emma of the

It turned that Hillyer, the erstwhile make-believe Emma of the darkweb, worked for a London insolvency company as an IT manager.

As the police continued their investigations, it came to light that Hillyer was indeed a through and through fantasist who spent many hours living and acting out fantasies and even dressing the part when it was convenient. This would fit in with the sort of the elaborate

This would fit in with the sort of the elaborate darkweb scheme employed to order for the gun. As a matter of fact, a number of Mr. Hillyer’s acquaintances and work colleagues described him as a “Walter Mitty type character.” Indeed, he had circulated a tale of being employed by a shadowy government intelligence and security agency who had issued him with a gun.

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A UK man who was nabbed by the police after he used an elaborate plan to order a gun on the darkweb

As a matter of fact, a number of Mr. Hillyer’s acquaintances and work colleagues described him as a “Walter Mitty type character.” Indeed, he had circulated a tale of being employed by a shadowy government intelligence and security agency who had issued him with a gun.

Even when being questioned by the police, Mr. Hillyer showed a great propensity to creating fantasy impressions and using these to explain away his actions. For instance, he is on record as insisting that his foray into the murky world of the

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For instance, he is on record as insisting that his foray into the murky world of the darkweb was part of an elaborate plan to do research on the criminal part of the web, all aimed at helping his case if and when he applied to join the NCA.

Both Hillyer and MacPhee were brought before a judge in the Bristol Crown Court on September 10. The former immediately returned a plea of guilty on charges of a

The former immediately returned a plea of guilty on charges of a darkweb conspiracy to import a firearm and ammunition against the law. MacPhee also pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to evade the duty on an item he knew was imported. The resident judge hearing the case pronounced that the judgment on both the accused would be given on October 30th, 2015.

MacPhee also pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to evade the duty on an item he knew was imported.

The resident judge hearing the case pronounced that the judgment on both the accused would be given on October 30th, 2015.

As the case proceeded, the NCA made an application to the court to give swift and appropriate punishment to the two conspirators. In his testimony, the senior investigating officer for the NCA Peter Vernon was quick to point out that the police were actively monitoring the use of

In his testimony, the senior investigating officer for the NCA Peter Vernon was quick to point out that the police were actively monitoring the use of darkweb in accessing both goods and services which are outlawed by the law.

He was quick to point out that the purported iron clad anonymity of the darkweb is not a guarantee that when you order stuff on the darkweb you will not be discovered and, where appropriate, punishment meted out on you.

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Vernon also let on that monitoring of illegal trade taking place on the darkweb was not a one off affair.

Indeed, it became clear from his submissions that there is a concerted effort by global law enforcement agencies to collaborate in clamping down the movement of illegal goods across international boundaries.

The big question is of course whether this case sounds the death knell for trade on the darkweb. Of course it does not.

Trade and exchange of ideas on the darkweb is growing rapidly for any legal enforcement agencies to really make much of a difference.

What is more, most of the stuff sold on the more popular darkweb platforms is actually benign and only borderline illegal.

That said though, it is important that people take proper precautions before placing orders for items on the darkweb.

In many cases, the precautions necessary are not much different from what you would need to consider when you order something from more conventional ecommerce platforms such as Amazon or eBay.

 

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