A woman imported illegal stun guns disguised as mobile phones, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Naomi Aylwin told the court yesterday (February 14) that on September 23, 2020, a package was intercepted by UK Border control officers who opened it and found a weapon that resembled a phone.
It was addressed to Roxanna Wallace of 57, Coriander Drive, Churchdown.
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Ms Aylwin told the court: “Gloucestershire Police officers went to her home on November 2 and she immediately pointed them towards her handbag.
“She explained that a letter from the UK Border Agency detailing the suspect package from September was inside the bag along with another stun gun that she had also purchased. It also resembled a mobile phone.
“Wallace told the police in an interview that she had purchased the items by mistake from Wish.com after she had ‘gone off in a tangent’ from what she was viewing.
“Wallace said that she believed she had ordered three items, but one was never accounted for as it didn’t arrive at her home address.”
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Matthew Harbinson, defending, said “She has impressed on me that she has a plethora of mental health issues following an unprovoked assault on her which has left her feeling very anxious about being victimised.
“The fact that she had the stun gun in her handbag together with the letter from Border Control was her attempt at handing it into the police station.
“She states that because of her anxiety she was unable to leave her home to go to the police station, so it stayed in her handbag.
“I believe she would benefit from a sentence in the community. Due to the pandemic, Wallace believes her anxiety has increased over the past 18 months and she would welcome professional help with her anxiety issues.”
Wallace pleaded guilty to being in possession of a stun gun that was disguised as a mobile phone, and the importation of a prohibited weapon on September 23, 2020, also a stun gun.
Allowing Wallace to walk from court with a community order, the judge, Recorder Sarah Regan said: “In an interview, you explained that you bought both items by accident, I feel this is unlikely. It might explain one purchase, but I don’t think it is likely that you would do it twice.
“It is a matter of concern that you felt the need to buy these devices, as well as a Stiletto knife.
“I do accept that you were the victim of a nasty assault which left you feeling extremely frightened, but carrying weapons like this is not the answer.
“I’ve seen the photographs of the stun gun phones and they are obviously weapons.
“I appreciate that you have had this matter hanging over you for some considerable time. There is no indication that you have taken the weapons outside your home because of your current anxiety and that you had no intention of using them.”
The judge Wallace to a 12-month community order that includes a mental health treatment requirement and 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days. She ordered her to pay court costs of £75.
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