Merchant used Thai stun gun as a torch

A tip-off resulted in a stun gun disguised as a torch being discovered in a Fleetwood man's bathroom.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:51 pm

David Freeland told officers, who visited his home on August 2, a friend had brought him back the weapon from Thailand as a gift and he had believed it was like having an air-rifle.

Fish merchant Freeland, 54, of Heathfield Road, pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon for the discharge of electricity.

When asked if he had such a weapon Freeland led police to a cupboard in the bathroom. The boxed stun gun was charged.

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Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client’s daughter lived in Thailand. Freeland said stun guns were freely available there and he had only used it as a torch.

He was sentenced to six months’ prison suspended for two years and ordered to pay £85 by magistrates.