Man brought taser home from holiday

A ‘torch shape taser device’ was discovered by police as they searched a house under the misuse of drugs act, a court has heard.

Derry Magistrate’s Court was told officers searched the home of 21-year-old Aaron Gary Moore in July this year.

Moore, of Rossdale in the Waterside area, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing fireworks without a licence.

The court heard police also found three boxes of bangers at the address, as well as the taser.

During police interview, the 21-year-old said he had bought the taser when he was on holiday in Turkey and brought it home in his suitcase.

Moore said he had only activated the taser once to test it.

However, he said it was not his intention to use it on anyone.

The court heard Moore also told police that he usually kept the taser under his bed, but had moved it because he was cleaning.

In relation to the bangers, Moore said he had them for a year and knew it was illegal to possess them without a licence.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client has a ‘bad record’ but has no relevant convictions.

Imposing a conditional discharge for 18 months, District Judge Peter King said this case didn’t involve having a prohibited weapon in public.

The judge ordered the destruction of the items seized and told Moore that if he stayed out of trouble for the next 18 months ‘that will be the end of the matter’.