A dad has been jailed for five years after he was caught with a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone as he tried to pass through Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport.
Daniel Henry West, aged 23, was stopped at customs by Border Force officers after arriving in South Yorkshire on a flight from Dalaman, Turkey, in July last year.
They discovered the device and its charger inside a box in West’s luggage.
Forensic tests confirmed it to be a fully working stun gun.
West, of Fallowfield Road, Scartho, Grimsby, pleaded guilty to possessing the stun gun but claimed he thought the device was a toy phone which he bought for 20 Turkish Lira - around £7 - as a present for his one-year-old daughter.
But at Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Jacqueline Davies said she didn’t believe West’s explanation.
She sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing a disguised firearm contrary to the Firearms Act 1968.
After the case, Malcolm Bragg, from the Home Office’s Shadow Border Policing Command, said: “This case sends out a clear message to those thinking about bringing banned weapons here.
“Our officers will seize these items and you will face prosecution and imprisonment.
“This type of device is incredibly dangerous and has no place on our streets.
“Border Force officers work around the clock at ports and airports to keep these kinds of weapons and other illegal items like drugs and counterfeit goods, out of the UK.”
A spokesman for Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield said: “This was an isolated incident which has been dealt with by the correct authorities.
“As at any UK airport, customs officers carry out selective checks on travellers and their baggage to prevent banned and restricted items such as illegal drugs, indecent or obscene material and offensive weapons coming into the UK.
“We would always advise travellers to think carefully about items they buy abroad to bring back into the country and urge them to give due care and consideration to the legality of items bought abroad.”