Irish national found guilty of possessing stun gun

An Irish national who was arrested as part of an investigation into money laundering, drugs and firearms supply in the UK and Ireland has been jailed for three years for possessing a stun gun.

51-year-old Thomas Kavanagh was arrested at Birmingham Airport by officers from the National Crime Agency in January 2019. During a search of his home in Mile Oak near Tamworth, a stun gun disguised as a torch was recovered. The weapon is both illegal to own or possess in the UK.

Kavanagh was charged with offences under Section 5 of the Firearms Act.

On 11 July, following a two day trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, he was found guilty.

Peter Bellis, a lead investigator for the NCA, said: “These types of weapons are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injury or death. This is why they are prohibited in the UK.

“Our wider investigation into money laundering, drugs and firearms supply continues.”

A stun gun which discharges an electrical discharge is a firearm, if you are found in possession, you could face up to ten years imprisonment. In order to possess, import or sell such weapons you must have authority from the Secretary of State.