Sheffield man jailed for cache of weapons

Matthew Bandoo.
Matthew Bandoo.
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A former doorman has been jailed for five years after police found more than a hundred tasers and CS gas canisters disguised as mobile phones, torches and lipsticks at his Sheffield home.

Matthew Bandoo was identified by police after a package from China was traced to an address in Sheffield.

When officers searched his home address in Lydgate Hall Crescent, Crosspool, Sheffield, they recovered the parcel which, according to the customs declaration, contained ‘flashlights’.

But inside the box were 52 tasers and 50 CS gas canisters - both classed as banned weapons.

The gas canisters looked like lipsticks and the tasers were disguised as mobile phones and torches.

A further four tasers and one gas canister were found in the house and police also recovered a quantity of Mephadrone – a class B drug known as Mcat.

Bandoo,aged 29, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to possession of disguised firearms, possession of prohibited articles and possession of a class B drug.

He was sentenced to five years for the crimes.

Detective Constable Bradley Ward said: “This was an unusual case in which these dangerous weapons had been made to look like everyday objects, concealing the potentially life-changing damage they could do.

“It still remains unclear as to what Bandoo aimed to do with more than 100 tasers and CS gas canisters but a trawl of his computer’s history was found to contain searches for stun guns, hidden stun guns and pepper spray.

“Thankfully the swift actions of colleagues in the UK Border Agency, and local officers, meant the items have been recovered and Bandoo is now rightly facing a lengthy time in jail.”