A SOUTH YORKSHIRE man who stashed a cache of illegal weapons including stun guns, a flick knife and pepper spray in his wardrobe has escaped an immediate jail term.
Kevin Dennis, aged 46, was given an eight month jail term suspended for 17 months after he admitted smuggling the illegal weapons into the country after ordering them from the US.
He told officers from the UK Border Agency he kept the stun guns and other weapons in a wardrobe at his home in Cemetery Road, Hemingfield, Barnsley, because he liked collecting ‘unusual things’.
He admitted two counts of attempting to import prohibited goods into the UK and one of possessing illegal weapons at Hull Crown Court.
The UK Border Agency investigation began when parcels addressed to his work address in Howden, East Yorkshire, were intercepted at London’s Mount Pleasant Postal Sorting Depot last April.
The packages, from Arizona, USA, contained two K95 ‘High Power’ stun guns, disguised as mobile phones.
Another parcel containing a flick knife from Illinois, USA, bound for the same address was also intercepted at the depot.
Dennis was arrested and investigators searched his home where they found seven stun guns, a knuckle duster and pepper spray.
He said he didn’t realise it was illegal to possess the weapons.
He was given 100 hours of community work, put on a curfew from 8pm to 6am for 30 days and ordered to pay the UK Border Agency’s £1,379 costs.
Malcolm Bragg, UK Border Agency’s Criminal and Financial Assistant Director said: “Attempting to possess and smuggle in prohibited weapons is a serious offence and ignorance of the law is no excuse.
“The UK Border Agency is at the forefront of the fight to stop illegal weapons, drugs, other contraband and illegal immigrants entering the UK. Our officers work around the clock to keep them out of the country.”