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Tim Wilmot was charged with possession of two parts of a machine gun.
At first sight,
the charge sounds awful,
but let's place it in perspective.
These parts were the breech-blocks
of a General Purpose Machine Gun used by Britain's Armed Forces.
Without the other 99 percent of the pieces,
they were valueless as a weapon.
Police knew that all along,
but "smear tactics" are a favourite technique of theirs.
When Tim Wilmot was a boy at Plympton Grammar School around 1974,
the Ministry of Defence had a storage and servicing depot
at Coypool beside the River Plym.
For years there was a huge hole in the chain link fence
giving anyone access to a MOD scrap heap.
The point is
that the MoD itself believed that these weapon pieces were of no value,
or they would have disposed of them in a more secure manner
to prevent the IRA, or anyone else, acquiring them.
As a result,
many, many schoolboys collected souvenirs,
ranging from steel helmets to Second World War radio sets,
helicopter crash debris to belt buckles.
Worn-out weapon parts were ten-a-penny.
The only limitation was how much a teenager could physically carry!
Tim Wilmot even found a WW2 radio set,
made in Canada for use by Russians,
weighing half a hundredweight!
Tim Wilmot was by nature a collector as a boy,
he had a large box of bits of weapons from the dump,
which had followed him over the years.
However, they were simply bits of scrap steel,
incapable of being assembled into a weapon,
just as a worn-out clutch pedal, exhaust manifold, and brake pad
are incapable of being assembled into a car.
A policeman would not charge a motorist with a motoring offence
if he was carrying brake pads and spark plugs in a carrier bag,
but weapons are an emotive subject,
and as such, open to abuse by police.
The law prohibiting possession of parts of a machine gun
was enacted for a specific reason.
During the counter-terrorism war in Northern Ireland,
paddies found that if one paddy carried one bit of a machine gun,
and another paddy carried another bit,
they could escape liability under law
because neither one was actually in possession of a weapon.
It was NEVER intended to apply to collectors.
Parliament therefore very properly enacted an amendment to the Firearms Act.
As this was an amendment,
when Tim Wilmot had checked up on the law in a library,
it was tucked into the back of a thick Firearms Act section,
within a large book containing a number of laws arranged alphabetically,
and of loose-leaf pages within a hard cover.
Tim Wilmot had checked that section of the Firearms Act
on weapons that continue to fire as you hold the trigger.
There was nothing at that point of the Firearms Act
to suggest that these breech blocks were unlawful,
or any pointer to the amendment.
It had crossed Tim Wilmot's mind
that these parts might be seized upon by police,
which is why he checked.
Had Tim Wilmot discovered that they were unlawful,
they would have been disposed of.
The legality of Tim Wilmot's general operations
is proven by the fact
that these two weapon parts were the ONLY charges laid,
even after the best efforts of no less than 25 officers!
Tim Wilmot knows that "Ignorance is no excuse!",
that this emotive charge would never had been laid,
unless the sole reason was to add weight to the "Threats to Kill" charge.
"Threats to Kill" and "machine gun" paint a certain picture,
as no doubt Special Branch intended.
This was a banana skin for Tim Wilmot!
and he believes it formed part of his own karmic journey,
through hell and back,
to find out who he really is,
when everything that he was had been destroyed,
and he recreated himself over a number of years as Zen,
and created the concept of (R)evolution,
having worked hard on himself spirtitually for 17 years.
However, Tim Wilmot would suggest
that it was not the intention of Parliament
that this amendment be used against a militaria collector,
whose old scrap weapon parts were mere curiosities
that posed no possible threat.
Particularly as anyone "in the know",
knows that fully functioning weapons of any kind
are readily available on the black market for cash.
This simple fact makes this charge an insult,
because, in addition,
before government decided the public must not own firearms,
they were legally owned in large numbers.
At the time of this charge,
Tim Wilmot could have acquired any firearm he wanted within 48 hours.
The point is that Tim Wilmot was, in fact, teaching himself law
because he had a misplaced, pathetic belief in system "justice".
Had police a reasonable certainty
that Tim Wilmot had the rest of a machine gun,
and police had seized only part of it,
then that might be reasonable grounds for a charge.
Where it was known perfectly well by police
that these were merely scrap parts of weapons,
kept as curiosities,
Tim Wilmot suggests the use of this law against him is questionable.
The police, engaged in a criminal cover-up
to pervert the course of justice
to allow Caradon District Council
to escape liability for serious criminal offences,
needed to damage or destroy Tim Wilmot's credibility.
Which is why Special Branch were involved.
And why 25 police had searched Tim Wilmot's farm,
desperately trying to find something -
to back up the Threats to Kill charge.
4 metal detectors,
4 search dogs,
a frogman to search the cesspit,
an incident wagon and mobile canteen,
and 1 x Special Branch superintendent.
This was the best police conjure up,
after 25 officers x 8 hour day
= 200 man hours.
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