An arms dealer who posed as a Nazi soldier was jailed for six years.
Chad Duncan, 24, dressed up as a member of Rommel’s crack Afrika Korps, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
The gun runner was convinced he looked authentic despite his race when an associate who supplied the uniform told him the elite desert troops had a black division.
Duncan was caught with a revolver and ammunition.
It was claimed he was acting as a ‘delivery boy’ for Robert Carter, 42, who was cleared by a jury last month of conspiring to sell guns and ammunition.
Judge John Lafferty told Duncan: ‘This was a real gun and it was live ammunition.
‘You were transferring the gun and ammuntion at the request of Mr Carter.
‘Your role was crucial, it allowed Carter to distance himself from the events.
‘It plainly resulted in him [Carter] being acquitted by the jury.’
Avtar Bhatoa, defending, described Duncan as Carter’s ‘gopher’.
Carter provided Duncan with the German uniform and regalia.
‘He [Duncan] would sometimes dress up as a Nazi Second World War soldier,’ said Mr Bhatoa.
‘Mr Duncan was told that Hitler had a black regiment in north Africa.’
‘He was in effect, to borrow a term from another kind of offending, groomed,’ said the barrister.
‘Mr Carter was found not guilty by the jury but it is still the contention of the Crown, quite rightly, that Mr Duncan was nothing but a delivery boy,’ he added.
Former trainee motor technician Ufuk Kaygisiz, 22, who was convicted last month of supplying firearms and ammunition to the criminal underworld was jailed for nine years.
Kaygisiz was caught after being bugged by police using rhyming slang to describe his trade in bullets or ‘bells’ – meaning shells.
He manufactured live cartridges at his home in Hackney, east London, where more than 70 bullets were found on his arrest.
Police surveillance also recorded Kaygisiz bragging he would test fire a gun in a park.
Kaygisiz said: ‘And like if he says to me they don’t f**king work, I’ll put one in out the park, bust one, if it goes through I know that it works.’
Known to customers by his initials UK, Kaygisiz admitted he was ‘fascinated’ with firearms during the four-week trial.
He claimed he only provided stab and bullet proof vests to fellow security conscious students.
Gerry Mohabir, defending Kaygisiz, said his client was convicted of plotting to deal in arms with Carter despite Carter’s acquittal.
‘It is one above a thought crime,’ said the barrister.
‘There is no evidence of it happening,’ he added.
But Judge Lafferty said he was content both men provided guns to underworld gangsters.
‘These weapons were real guns and were to be used in the furtherance of criminal enterprises,’ said the judge.
‘There would be no reason for you to obtain these weapons unless they were to supply the criminal underworld,’ he added.
A jury took more than 20 hours to find Kaygisiz guilty of plotting to supply lethal weapons.
Carter was cleared of all charges after jurors failed to reach a verdict.
Cops recorded more than 500 hours of conversations between the duo at Mr Carter’s home in Moredown House, Amhurst Road, Hackney.
Mr Carter told jurors recordings of him discussing ammunition concerned ‘inert bullets’ for harmless dummy weapons.
His flat was packed with military equipment and more than 20 deactivated or replica submachine guns and assault rifles for his Warzone firm, the court heard.
Kaygisiz, of Rover House, Whitmore Estate, Hackney, was convicted of conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited weapons and conspiracy to sell or transfer ammunition between March 5 and August 16, 2007.
Carter, of Moredown House, Amhurst Road, was cleared of the same charges.
Duncan, of Kingsdown House, Amhurst Road, admitted two offences of transferring a revolver and ammunition to Kaygisiz on July 12, 2007.