Falkirk electrician pleads guilty to having three stun guns

Police found another two stun guns disguised as torches at Mr Ruane's home
Police found another two stun guns disguised as torches at Mr Ruane's home

An electrician who bought three stuns online to “see how they worked” now faces a potential jail sentence.

Father-of-two David Ruane (49), of Grahams Road, Falkirk appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday (Wednesday) having pled guilty to possessing prohibited weapons. He said he intended to “reverse engineer” the shock weapons he purchased for between £10 and £20 each.

Ruane was caught after Border Force officials at Heathrow Airport intercepted and opened a parcel mailed to him from Poland.

Prosecutor Jemma Eadie said: “They found a stun gun inside that had the outward appearance of being a torch, with electrodes round the rim of the torch.”

The depute fiscal said the item, which had arrived in the UK on December 3 last year, was confirmed to be a prohibited weapon under the Firearms Act.

On December 22 last year police searching Ruane’s home found two more stun guns, also disguised as torches, in the pocket of a leather jacket belonging to Ruane, and a can of CS spray in his wife’s coat.

Sheriff Craig Caldwell deferred sentence until December 10 for social work reports.