A CAR boot sale trader was caught trying to sell a stun gun capable of discharging five million volts.
Leeds Crown Court heard police were called after Adam Limalia offered a ‘self defence flashlight’ for sale.
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said: “This defendant was seen both demonstrating and offering it for sale.”
Stallholders and stewards at the event were alarmed and contacted police. Officers searched his car at the event in Dewsbury on July 5 this year and found the weapon.
The court heard is was a stun gun which had two electrodes and was capable of discharging five million volts.
Limalia’s home was searched and another stun gun was found in the cellar. Limalia, 26, was interviewed and initially claimed that he did not realise he was selling a dangerous weapon.
He told officers that he believed that it could produce a flash of light to “warn” someone.
Limalia, of Carr Top Close, Batley, pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon capable of discharging a high voltage. The court heard Limalia has previous convictions for drug and driving offences.
At the time of his arrest he was on bail after being arrested on suspicion of burglary. He was not subsequently charged with that offence.
Limalia was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and take part in a 30-day activity programme.
Recorder Mark McKone said: “These are serious weapons, regarded as firearms which can cause significant injury if they are used. It is very easy for these items to get into the wrong hands. It seems to me that you were prepared to sell these items not knowing what they would be used for.”