Gorleston man Emil Gray had stun gun disguised as an iPhone in his caravan
PUBLISHED: 14:23 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:22 10 July 2017
A man found with a stun gun designed to look like an iPhone has been jailed for a total of two and half years.
Police found the disguised taser weapon, which was broken and still in its box, when they searched Emil Gray’s caravan where he was living at the time, Norwich Crown Court heard.
Laura Kenyon, prosecuting, said that the stun gun was classed as a prohibited weapon even though it was not in working order.
Gray, of Kennel Loke, Gorleston, admitted possession of a prohibited weapon and also admitted two counts of causing actual bodily harm to a former partner. He also admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence order.
Ian James, for Gray, said the weapon was already in the caravan when he moved in and said: “There is no suggestion he acquired it. He never tried to get it repaired.”
He said the weapon had been left in a cupboard when it was found by police.
Mr James said Gray deserved credit for his guilty plea, which he made as soon he realised the weapon was prohibited.
“This defendant knew that if the item qualified he would have no option but to plead guilty.”
Mr James added: “There is no suggestion he has ever tried to use it for any activity. He has never tried to put it into a condition where it could be used.”
He said that in regards to the assault on his former partner Gray accepted the “on-off” relationship was now over.
“It was a relationship that was not an easy one.”
Under present law carrying a stun gun disguised as other objects usually attracts a five-year mandatory sentence,.
However Recorder Frank Burton accepted that there were exceptional circumstances in Gray’s case and said “The taser was defective and had been for some time and there was no attempt by you to repair it.”
However he said it was still a “significant weapon” and warned; “Its a serious offence having a disguised weapon.”
He also imposed a five-year restraining order on Gray not to contact his former partner.