Jailed: Dad who had disguised stun guns hidden at his Sunderland home

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A DAD has been jailed for five years after police found disguised firearms at his home.

Neil Robinson had one stun-gun, which looked like a mobile phone in his house, and two more in the shed.

Possession of such weapons, which the 42-year-old said he had only ever tested on himself, result in a mandatory minimum sentence of five years behind bars, which has been set by Parliament.

Robinson, of Ramillies Road, Sunderland, admitted possession of three disguised firearms.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “Parliament has ruled there is a minimum sentence which I must pass in respect of this offending.

“In respect of each count, I pass the sentence Parliament directs me to pass.”

The court heard officers had originally gone to Robinson’s address with a warrant to search for drugs.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: “No drugs were found, however, during the course of the search three stun guns were found.

“The stun guns had the appearance of mobile telephones, but cannot be used as such.

“They have only one function and that is to discharge an electric current.”

The court heard Robinson confessed the weapon inside the house was his, but said he was looking after the two found in the shed for someone else.

Alec Burns, defending, said Robinson’s wife needs 24-hour care and no procedures have been put in place for somebody else to look after her.

Mr Burns said “He tried it on himself, shot himself in the leg with it to see what happened.

“It hurt, but no more than that.”