Stungun wielding man jailed

20 June 2019, 16:15 | Updated: 20 June 2019, 16:21

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The weapon resembled a TORCH.

A man who walked down a Peterborough street firing a stun gun has been jailed for more than two years.

Roy Barnard, 30, was spotted carrying the weapon, which was designed to resemble a torch, in Mountsteven Avenue at about 10.45pm on 27 July last year.

A concerned resident saw the distinctive blue flash and loud crackling sound of the gun, called 999 and gave a description.

Officers arrived shortly afterwards and Barnard sprinted away but slipped and fell, dropping a rucksack before trying to run once more.

As he was caught and arrested, Barnard shouted, "I want to know how you lot know I had a taser, I’ve only had it a day."

Barnard, of Fowlers Crescent, Lowestoft, Suffolk, admitted charges of possession of a disguised firearm and possessing a weapon for the discharge of an electrical incapacitation device and was jailed on the 19 June for 25 months at Peterborough Crown Court.

DC Sarah Phillips said: “Barnard caused a great deal of alarm to those who saw him turn the stun gun on in a residential area.

“Carrying a firearm is a serious offence and I hope this prison sentence is the wake-up call Barnard needs to turn his life around.

“We are grateful to the member of the public who took it upon themselves to report Barnard, possibly preventing a more serious offence taking place.”