Derryman given suspended sentence for having camera modified into stun gun

A Derryman who was shot and stabbed in two different incidents was today given a suspended sentence for having a disposable camera modified into a stun gun.

42-year-old Kieran McCool of Ederowen Park in Derry admitted possessing a prohibited weapon on July 16 last year.

The court was told that McCool was stopped in a car and arrested and a search was carried out on his house.

In that search he camera was found and after examination it was found to be modified to act as a stun gun.

Defence solicitor Mr. Paddy MacDermott said that his client had been shot in 2003 and stabbed in 2004 and was fearful of other attacks.

He had the stun gun as a defensive weapon.

Th District Judge Mr. Barney McElholm said McCool was 'very unlucky.' He sentenced him to eight months in prison suspended for three years.