Kildare man fined for having stun gun

Stun gun bought from iOffer site

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Kildare man fined for having stun gun

Naas courthouse

A  man who was convicted of having three stun guns at his home told Naas District Court that he had bought them for defence purposes.

Declan Ryan (34), with an address given at 2845 Churchview, Suncroft, had the guns, which were disguised as torches, at his address on June 4, 2015.

He was fined €400 on one of the charges.

Judge Desmond Zaidan was told the stun guns were located after customs officials and the Gardai did a joint investigation.

Mr Ryan bought them on the iOffer website and they were each said to have cost around €20, the court heard.

Asked by the judge why Mr Ryan needed them, the Court was told by Aisling Murphy BL, representing him,  that Mr Ryan had previous difficulties with alcohol, but had become sober.

Gardai said Mr Ryan had told them he had “difficulties with people in the locality.”

Ms Murphy said her client was under pressure from former drinking friends, with whom he did not drink any more.

Mr Ryan pleaded guilty to the offence. He had no previous convictions.

The offence  offence could lead to  a 12 months prison sentence and a €5,000 fine.

The stun guns have been forfeited to the state.

Judge Zaidan said he should go to the Gardai if he had an issue.