Man sentenced for owning a disguised stun gun – Bicester
Thursday 24 July 2014, 12:07pm
A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after being found in possession of a stun gun disguised as an iPhone.
Marcel Cross, of Chapel Close, Blackthorn, Bicester, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on Monday (21/7) to possession of a Section 5 firearm. He was sentenced the same day.
At about 8pm on 6 January, officers attended Chapel Close after receiving reports that Cross was in possession of a stun gun. Officers attended with dog handler units and found a stun gun device disguised as an iPhone mobile phone.
He was arrested and charged on 18 March.
Investigating officer PC Joe Stafford from Banbury local CID said: “The defendant claimed to have purchased the weapon from a local market as a novelty item, but the judge stated that the defendant needed to recognise the seriousness of the offence.
“The stun gun had been cleverly disguised as an iPhone 4 mobile phone. There can only be one reason for disguising an item like this and that is to allow a person to carry it without detection.
“The seriousness of this was reflected in the sentence passed at court. The sentence should act as a deterrent to others who may consider possessing a similar item.”