December 8 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
A man who was found to have a stun gun disguised as a torch when stopped by police has been jailed for two years.
Darren Molloy, 31, was seen by an officer in Thetford carrying an unknown item which he dumped in a garden in Station Road as he made his way home, Norwich Crown Court heard.
Robert Warner, prosecuting, said when police searched the area they recovered a stun gun, disguised as a torch.
Molloy, of no fixed address, admitted possession of a prohibited weapon.
Lindsay Cox, for Molloy, said that he had been given the weapon by a friend. He realised it was illegal and had wanted to put it in an amnesty box at the police station, but it had been removed and was on his way home after trying to dump it when he was stopped by police.
Mr Cox said: “He was not using it as a weapon. He had not sought to try to use it.”
He said that Molloy realised that he should not have the item and had dumped it when approached by police.
“He was fearful of the consequences of being found with the weapon.”
The court heard that the offence can carry a minimum term of five years, although the judge decided in his case there were exceptional circumstances.
Recorder Maureen Baker said that she accepted he was shocked when he found what the minimum sentence was.
She did find that his was an exceptional case as he was the carer for his father who suffered from ill health and it would cause difficulties if he was given a lengthy custodial term.