July 28 2014 Latest news:
Friday, July 4, 2014
A Lowestoft drug dealer who had a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone at his home has been jailed for five years.
The illegal weapon was found by police officers under a cushion on a sofa at Jamie Hill’s home in Tedder Road during a drugs raid, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
As well as the stun gun, officers found a can of pepper spray under a double bed in the 24-year-old’s bedroom and a quantity of ketamine in a tub in the kitchen, said Jacob Edwards prosecuting.
During another raid at the address in April officers found wraps of cannabis and mephedrone.
Hill admitted illegally possessing a stun gun and a can of pepper spray, supplying cannabis, possession of ketamine with intent to supply, possession of mephedrone, possession of cannabis and two offences of possessing criminal property.
Sentencing Hill, Judge Rupert Overbury said he was obliged to pass a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for the offence relating to the stun gun unless there were exceptional circumstances.
Judge Overbury said the illegal weapon was found at an address where drug dealing was taking place and he had come to the conclusion that it was there as part of Hill’s drug dealing enterprise.
In addition to jailing Hill for five years, he made a £570 confiscation order in respect of cash found at his house during the police raids.
Peter Spary for Hill said his client had been given the stun gun as a gift by a friend who had brought it in Bulgaria where they were on sale in shops.
He said the electric charge from the gun was not very powerful and Hill and his friends had used it to electrocute each other “for a laugh”.
Mr Spary said Hill had been addicted to cannabis and ketamine and had sold drugs to friends to fund his habit.
He said Hill denied there was a connection between his drug dealing and his possession of the stun gun and pepper spray.
Mr Spary said Hill was unaware the stun gun was an illegal weapon.
Also before the court was Jamie Tye, 24, of Melbourne Road, Lowestoft, who was stopped by undercover police officers for a drugs search as
he left Hill’s house in September.
He admitted possessing cannabis and ketamine with intent to supply and possessing cannabis. Tye was given a 12 month community order and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work in the community. He was also fined £50.