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Man caught carrying Taser in Kidderminster
5:48pm Friday 31st August 2012 in Local
A MAN who was found to be carrying a Taser in Kidderminster has been fined and sentenced to unpaid community work.
Teck Young, 29, of Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to possessing the weapon in a car he was driving along Worcester Road, Kidderminster.
He also pleaded guilty to driving the Toyota car, which belonged to his friend, without insurance or a full driving license.
The incident happened on Wednesday, August 22.
Mr Young told Kidderminster Magistrates Court on today he did not know the Taser which he claimed had fallen out of the car’s glove compartment was a Taser and he never intended to use it.
Prosecutor Jim Mason, however, told magistrates Mr Young had indicated to police following the incident that he did know of the item was a Taser.
Police spotted the weapon after Mr Young had called them to report an attack on his car by men following him in another car who had stopped him.
He said an item, which turned out to be the Taser had fallen out of the car’s glove compartment but he thought it was an alarm device. Regarding driving the car without insurance or proper licence, he admitted he had made a mistake.
Mr Mason said the weapon had been examined by two firearms officers who both confirmed it was a working taser.
Magistrate Roger Green described the offence as serious.
Mr Green added: “Think before you do things like this again and take a chance on driving a car and carrying a Taser.”
Mr Young was sentenced to 250 hours of community service to be completed in Kings Heath within 12 months. He was fined £400, plus £85 court charges and £15 costs.
He will automatically receive six penalty points on any full driving license he gets and Magistrates also ordered the destruction of the Taser.