A serving member of the Queen’s guard has been charged with conspiring to sell stolen ammunition.
Kirtland Gill, 40, who is a senior member of the Coldstream Guards, and Rajon Graham, 32, have been charged with a number of firearm offenses following an investigation conducted by the Met’s Flying Squad. Gill’s charges are one count of conspiracy to sell or transfer ammunition and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon.
Graham has been charged with one count of conspiracy to sell or transfer ammunition and four counts of selling or transferring ammunition. Both have been bailed and will appear before a judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 1st.
The investigation into the two men was also carried out by the Royal Military Police and the Ministry of Defence Police.
The pair were arrested in January at two separate addresses in Berkshire.
At the time, Jamaican-born Gill held the most senior serving role in the Coldstream Guards, Regimental Sergeant Major.
He came to the UK in 2001 when he was twenty years old to visit his family and ended up joining the army after running into a recruiting sergeant.
The son of a fisherman and a dressmaker, Gill came from a poor Jamaican family
The father of one is the first black soldier to lead the Queen’s elite guard.
In December last year, after being appointed the prestigious role, Gill said: “I am honored to have been given the opportunity to be the next Regimental Sergeant Major.
“It’s not something that’s just given to you because of who you are, it is something you need to achieve.
“Everyone who held this post before me would have gone through the same career path. I don’t think it has much to do with colour.”
He added: “I still remember the first time I went back in 2004, everyone was happy – ‘You’ve gone away and done something with your life.
“My family and friends have always been really proud.”
He is the father of daughter Hayley and husband to wife Sashagay.
According to The Sun, Gill met the Queen on two occasions during his 20-year career.
The Coldstream Guards are famous for their red jackets and black bearskin hats and are a popular tourist attraction for those who flock to the capital.
They have a ceremonial role as protectors of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace and they are the oldest, continually serving, a regular regiment in the British Army.
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