Home-made stun gun breached firearms law

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POLICE seized a home-made stun gun in the bedroom of a man’s home when they carried out a search of the premises, a court heard.

Ian Allen had created his Taser-like device by using a flash from a camera and a pair of metal screws, Conor Quinn prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court yesterday.

The screws had been fitted across the flash tube and the device was powered by batteries. Although it was only capable of a 300 volt shock if applied to the skin, it was in breach of the firearms regulations.

After being told that Tasers usually used by police forces could apply within the range of 30,000 to 150,000 volts, Judge James Spencer QC said: “So this amateur manufacture was theoretically in breach of the provisions but in every real sense it was pretty low key stuff.”

Allen claimed he had intended to use it to power a CCTV camera at his home and would never have taken it outside.

Mr Quinn told the court that officers had executed a search warrant under the Firearms Act at Allen’s home on March 10 last year, five days earlier he was in trouble for having an iron bar as an offensive weapon.

Allen, 30 of Cardinal Walk, Beeston, Leeds was given a 12-month community order with a medium level activity requirement for 30 days after admitting possessing a prohibited weapon.

Judge James Spencer QC told Allen he should not have been in possession of such an article. “However it is to be noted that what you produced was a pale shadow of what has usually been described as a Taser. The power it was able to produce was minimal in comparison to them.”

He said Allen had received a community order for the iron bar offence when he was sentenced in June “and it seems you should continue to work with the probation officer”.