Former Waveney District councillor Andrew Draper could be jailed over stun gun offence

Shamed former district councillor Andrew Draper has been warned he could be jailed after admitting illegally possessing a stun gun.

Draper, 38, of Martin Close, Carlton Colville, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon – an electrical incapacitation device – on November 4 when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

Adjourning sentence until next Thursday for a pre-sentence report Judge Rupert Overbury told Draper: 'By ordering a pre-sentence report I'm not indicating whatsoever that the court won't consider a sentence of immediate custody.'

Yesterday's court appearance follows Draper's arrest and guilty plea to drink-driving and assaulting a police officer last August and a further court appearance last November when he was ordered to pay �500 in fines and compensation after admitting sending an offensive email to a police officer.

Draper, who was a councillor for Worlingham, had sent the email to a Norfolk police sergeant after she told him that his complaint against Suffolk Constabulary over the manner of his arrest for drink-driving would not be upheld.

In the email, which was described in court as 'abusive and threatening', Draper accused the female sergeant of being fat, unattractive and open to corruption. Draper, a self-employed residential landlord, was fined �250 and ordered to pay �250 compensation to the officer.

The court heard that he complained to Suffolk police over the manner of his arrest in Beccles Road, Carlton Colville for drink-driving and claimed police had used excessive force in arresting him. He also suggested that he had only kicked out at a police officer as an involuntary act of self-defence after being pepper-sprayed.

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However, both of Draper's allegations were rejected by a police complaints review process.

Following his convictions for drink-driving and assaulting a police officer Draper resigned as a Tory councillor on Waveney District Council to become an independent, but quit the council last November after his arrest over the email – triggering a by-election in Worlingham.

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