A man caught with a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone at Robin Hood Airport has been jailed for five years.
Daniel Henry West, 23, of Fallowfield Road, Scartho, Grimsby, was stopped at customs by Border Force officers in July 2012 after arriving on a flight from Dalaman, Turkey.
They discovered the device and its charger inside a box in West’s luggage.
Forensic tests confirmed it to be a fully working stun gun.
West pleaded guilty to possessing the stun gun but claimed he thought the device was a toy phone which he bought for 20 Turkish Lira, around £7, as a present for his one-year-old daughter.
But at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, August 9, Her Honour Judge Davies said she didn’t believe Mr West’s explanation and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing a disguised firearm contrary to the Firearms Act 1968.
After the caue, Malcolm Bragg, from the Home Office’s Shadow Border Policing Command, said: “This case sends out a clear message to those thinking about bringing banned weapons here.
“Our officers will seize these items and you will face prosecution and imprisonment.
“This type of device is incredibly dangerous and has no place on our streets.
“Border Force officers work around the clock at ports and airports to keep these kinds of weapons and other illegal items like drugs and counterfeit goods, out of the UK.”
To find out more on what items can and cannot be brought in to the UK, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/travelling-to-the-uk.