A DISCARDED merchandise price a taxi driver his job, his profession and put him within the dock on a firearms cost, York Crown Court docket heard.
Andrew Finlay, prosecuting, mentioned police discovered what seemed to be a cell phone after they searched Phillip Graham Brayshaw’s dwelling.
It was really a stun gun and was examined by a police firearms professional.
“It was discovered to be charged and useable,” mentioned Mr Finlay.
Brayshaw, 50, of Chaloners Street, Dringhouses, pleaded responsible to possessing a weapon able to discharging one thing dangerous, an offence beneath the Firearms Act.
His barrister Kate Bissett mentioned Brayshaw had not disguised the stungun or organized for it to be disguised.
He had been a taxi driver.
“It was left within the taxi,” she mentioned.
“He has taken it dwelling, put it in a drawer, considering to do away with it and forgot about it.”
His responsible plea price him his job because it meant he might not maintain a taxi driver’s licence, she mentioned.
Brayshaw was given a 12-month group order with 80 hours’ unpaid work.
He was additionally made topic to a restraining order banning him from contacting or going close to a person who lives in a road close to him for 3 years.
Mr Finlay mentioned police discovered the stungun after the close to neighbour made allegations that Brayshaw had assaulted him.
Police arrested Brayshaw and after they searched his home they discovered the stungun in a drawer within the bed room.
There was no suggestion that Brayshaw had brandished it or used it in any method.
Brayshaw was charged with inflicting precise bodily hurt to the opposite man and inflicting legal harm to a door and wall.
He denied the costs.
Twice the case needed to be adjourned for authorized causes on days when a jury stood by to listen to the case.
On the third day the case was listed for trial the prosecution agreed to drop the case if Brayshaw accepted the restraining order.
After Brayshaw agreed, he was formally acquitted of the costs of inflicting precise bodily hurt and legal harm.
He had admitted the stungun cost months earlier.
Police discovered the stungun in Spring 2019.