A MAN police caught with a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone claimed he thought it was a torch.
George Botham found the prohibited weapon in a field while walking his dog, he told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Police discovered the black object, measuring 11cmx5cm, during a raid at Botham’s home in Town End Farm on November 5.
Prosecutor Glenda Beck told the court that officers executed a warrant at Bradman Square, where Botham lived with his partner and daughter.
As well as the stun gun, they also found a plastic bag containing traces of amphetamine in an out-house.
Botham, 39, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon and a class B drug at court on Monday.
Defence solicitor Duncan Emmerson said the situation was “quite unusual”.
He said: “What we are dealing with here is an article he found while walking his dog.
“What he told the police, admitted on arrest and repeated at the custody officer and during interview is that he thought it was a torch.”
Mr Emmerson went on to say the weapon did have the facility to be used as a torch but was broken and could not be used as a stun gun.
Magistrates sent the case to Newcastle Crown Court.