September 6, 2019 / 2:17 PM / 16 days ago

British identical triplets jailed for gun offence

Ricky Gabriel, one of the three brothers jailed after they were found to be involved in a scheme to pass guns to a dangerous criminal according to the police, is seen in this undated handout image by Metropolitan Police. Metropolitan Police/handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Identical triplets were jailed in Britain on Friday after they were all found to be involved in a scheme to pass guns to a dangerous criminal, police said.

DNA was found on a pistol which was linked to Reiss, Ralston and Ricky Gabriel, 28, from north London but detectives were unable to determine which triplet it came from. Further extensive investigations finally showed all three were involved.

“The trio tried to exploit their identical DNA and appearance to try and evade the consequences of their actions, but the hard work of the investigation team prevented their attempts,” said temporary Detective Chief Inspector Driss Hayoukane.

Ralston and Ricky Gabriel were jailed for 14 years and Reiss for 18 years at London’s Blackfriars Crown Court after being convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

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