Stun gun shame of dad-of-six

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A JUDGE has slammed a dad-of-six from Hucknall — after a high-voltage stun gun was found at the home he shares with his children.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that the illegal weapon was discovered by police. Detectives also uncovered £600 worth of cannabis, much of which was bagged up ready for sale.

John Connell (30), of Wollaton Street, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of a prohibited weapon.

In mitigation, his barrister told the court that two of Connell’s children were autistic.

Recorder Paul Mann QC told Connell: “Having a stun gun at home when six children are there beggars belief.”

He decided to spare Connell from a prison sentence.

But he issued a stark warning, saying: “He can only use his children as a ‘get out of jail’ card once.”

The court heard that police went to Connell’s home on Thursday October 14 last year and found a bowl containing bags of the drug on top of a kitchen cabinet. As well as the stun gun, £270 in cash was found and there were text messages on Connell’s phone indicating requests for cannabis, said Jon Fountain (prosecuting).

The Crown did not accept Connell’s explanation that he had bought the gun at a car boot sale and thought it was a toy.

Connell had been fined in the past for growing cannabis.

In mitigation, it was said that he had references from neighbours and friends and had enrolled on a college course. He had two children who were unfortunately disabled.

The judge told Connell: “You were found with a significant amount of cannabis bagged up for sale. The prosecution took the benevolent view you were a low-level supplier.

“I bear in mind your family responsibilities and the dependency of your six children, two of them in particular.”

The sentence was 200 hours of unpaid work as part of a community order. An order was made for forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and stun gun.