Brighton man jailed for trying to import stun gun

Posted On 18 Dec 2018 at 4:18 pm

A Brighton man has been jailed for trying to import a stun gun, Sussex Police said today.

Aaron Clements

The force said: “A Brighton man has been given a two-year prison sentence for trying to import a stun gun into the country.

“Aaron Clements, 27, a carpenter, of Brede Close, Brighton, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday 7 December, having been convicted after a trial the previous month of attempting the illegal importation of the powerful SX-800 type stun gun from Thailand.”

Detective Sergeant Gemma Firth said: “Clements was travelling in Thailand and decided to post this gun, which is of a type legal in that country, back to Brighton.

“However, his plan came unstuck when a UK Border Force check spotted it when it arrived in the UK in January last year.

“We traced and arrested Clements but he denied any knowledge of the gun and pleaded not guilty at court.

“He agreed that he had looked at such weapons in Thailand but denied trying to import one, a denial somewhat contradicted by his fingerprints being found on both the box and the packing in which the gun was contained.

“We do not know exactly what use Clements intended to put the gun to, but unauthorised possession of a weapon of this type in any circumstances is highly dangerous to the public and the sentence sends a clear message that this type of offending is taken very seriously by the courts.”

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