Sunderland dad loses appeal over jail sentence for mobile phone weapons

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A DAD who was jailed after he was found in possession of illegal stun guns has lost a challenge to his five-year sentence.

Neil Robinson, 42, of Ramillies Road, Sunderland, admitted having the weapons, which were disguised as mobile phones.

He was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court in March after he pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing a disguised firearm.

Five years is the automatic minimum sentence for firearms offences, save in exceptional cases.

Mr Justice Lewis, who considered the case with Lord Justice Davis and Judge Martyn Zeidman at the Court of Appeal, rejected the claim that there were “exceptional circumstances” justifying a shorter sentence.

“The judge was entitled to reach the conclusion he did on the material before him,” he said.