Hairdresser jailed for three years for ‘iPhone stun gun’

Marcel Cross

Marcel Cross

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A 21-YEAR-OLD who had a taser disguised as an iPhone in his home has been jailed for three years.

Marcel Cross, of Chapel Street, Bicester, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a banned weapon on January 6 last year.

Matthew Walsh, prosecuting, said police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room after receiving a call from his sister.

He told Recorder Richard Prior that Cross had made a reference to having the taser and going to her house with it during an argument.

The barrister said the device was charged when officers discovered it and emitted an electrical charge, although it had not been measured how strong it was.

Mr Walsh said when he was arrested the defendant said he bought the stun gun from a market for £10 and added: “I didn’t know it was illegal.’ The prosecutor added that possessing such a disguised weapon carries a five-year minimum prison sentence, unless there are exceptional circumstances. He also told the recorder that Cross has four convictions for seven offences, including one for causing grievous bodily harm.

Claire Fraser, defending, said her client had no idea how serious owning such a weapon was, and didn’t know it was against the law.

She said: “He bought it as a gimmick, something to show friends. It was a laugh and wasn’t meant to be serious.

“Mr Cross deeply regrets purchasing the item and said he never would have done it if he knew it was illegal.’’ But Recorder Prior said although the circumstances of the case were exceptional because Cross hadn’t realised it was illegal and never intended to use it, it was not enough for him to avoid a prison sentence.

Speaking on Monday in Oxford Crown Court he told the defendant he had a “past pattern of aggressive behaviour’’ and his sentence would serve as a deterrent.

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12:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Des_Has_A_Go says...

WOW, That's tough!!
WOW, That's tough!! Des_Has_A_Go
  • Score: 19

1:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Neonlights says...

"police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room"

At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it.
"police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room" At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it. Neonlights
  • Score: -8

1:49pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Kittymae says...

Neonlights wrote:
"police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room"

At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it.
Take your awful sense of humor elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]Neonlights[/bold] wrote: "police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room" At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it.[/p][/quote]Take your awful sense of humor elsewhere. Kittymae
  • Score: 20

3:39pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

It should have got the minimum 5 years. Ignorance of the law is no defence. The Judge should know that, or is that his defence as well at this lenient 3 year sentence?
It should have got the minimum 5 years. Ignorance of the law is no defence. The Judge should know that, or is that his defence as well at this lenient 3 year sentence? The New Private Eye
  • Score: -20

8:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

He reportedly made a threat to use it against his sister, which caused her to call in the police. To claim that he didn't intend to use it is therefore rubbish. Is this hairdresser trying too hard to be a 'hard man' due to his odd choice of job?
He reportedly made a threat to use it against his sister, which caused her to call in the police. To claim that he didn't intend to use it is therefore rubbish. Is this hairdresser trying too hard to be a 'hard man' due to his odd choice of job? Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: -13

8:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

He reportedly made a threat to use it against his sister, which caused her to call in the police. To claim that he didn't intend to use it is therefore rubbish. Is this hairdresser trying too hard to be a 'hard man' due to his odd choice of job?
He reportedly made a threat to use it against his sister, which caused her to call in the police. To claim that he didn't intend to use it is therefore rubbish. Is this hairdresser trying too hard to be a 'hard man' due to his odd choice of job? Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: -12

1:38am Fri 25 Jul 14

Neonlights says...

Kittymae wrote:
Neonlights wrote:
"police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room"

At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it.
Take your awful sense of humor elsewhere.
Take your American spelling elsewhere. We spell it as humour, but then us Brits have always been Head & Shoulders above the USA.
[quote][p][bold]Kittymae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neonlights[/bold] wrote: "police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room" At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it.[/p][/quote]Take your awful sense of humor elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Take your American spelling elsewhere. We spell it as humour, but then us Brits have always been Head & Shoulders above the USA. Neonlights
  • Score: -9

9:52am Fri 25 Jul 14

Fruit salad says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
It should have got the minimum 5 years. Ignorance of the law is no defence. The Judge should know that, or is that his defence as well at this lenient 3 year sentence?
Ignorance of the English language is just as poor as commenting on a case you know nothing about. Very easy to sit back at your keyboard and pass judgement. But then you can see what you believe of yourself with the user name The New Private Eye. Wow.

What an equal and fair society we live in when only in 1 in 5 people who walk the streets with a knife go to a jail. Fully intending upon using it should they personally feel the need to. They put a knife in their pocket and leave their house with the option to use it, and in many cases, fatally.

How are you going to send a man to jail for 3 years for possessing a non-lethal weapon? At his home, not found with device walking the streets going to use it. An electric shocking device that causes no damage but a slight bit of pain at the point of shock. It not a taser gun you imagine used by the police. Probably one of the most useless weapons ever made, it would never cause anything anywhere near permanent damage in any sort. But yeah ruin a young working life by sending him to jail for three years. Unduly harsh if you ask me. But hey that's the fair democratic society we live in.
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: It should have got the minimum 5 years. Ignorance of the law is no defence. The Judge should know that, or is that his defence as well at this lenient 3 year sentence?[/p][/quote]Ignorance of the English language is just as poor as commenting on a case you know nothing about. Very easy to sit back at your keyboard and pass judgement. But then you can see what you believe of yourself with the user name The New Private Eye. Wow. What an equal and fair society we live in when only in 1 in 5 people who walk the streets with a knife go to a jail. Fully intending upon using it should they personally feel the need to. They put a knife in their pocket and leave their house with the option to use it, and in many cases, fatally. How are you going to send a man to jail for 3 years for possessing a non-lethal weapon? At his home, not found with device walking the streets going to use it. An electric shocking device that causes no damage but a slight bit of pain at the point of shock. It not a taser gun you imagine used by the police. Probably one of the most useless weapons ever made, it would never cause anything anywhere near permanent damage in any sort. But yeah ruin a young working life by sending him to jail for three years. Unduly harsh if you ask me. But hey that's the fair democratic society we live in. Fruit salad
  • Score: 12

9:55am Fri 25 Jul 14

Fruit salad says...

Kittymae wrote:
Neonlights wrote:
"police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room"

At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it.
Take your awful sense of humor elsewhere.
How can you pass judgement on another man's job. Would you rather he be claiming all the taxes everyone pays and getting free money for sitting on his backside all day?

Or would you prefer he sits in Oxford city centre asking for your spare change?
[quote][p][bold]Kittymae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neonlights[/bold] wrote: "police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room" At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it.[/p][/quote]Take your awful sense of humor elsewhere.[/p][/quote]How can you pass judgement on another man's job. Would you rather he be claiming all the taxes everyone pays and getting free money for sitting on his backside all day? Or would you prefer he sits in Oxford city centre asking for your spare change? Fruit salad
  • Score: 8

12:03pm Fri 25 Jul 14

chavster says...

Kittymae wrote:
Neonlights wrote:
"police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room"

At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it.
Take your awful sense of humor elsewhere.
I see he has had several brushes with the law before.
[quote][p][bold]Kittymae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neonlights[/bold] wrote: "police found a stun gun disguised as an Apple mobile phone in the hairdresser’s living room" At least they didn't need to comb the area to find it.[/p][/quote]Take your awful sense of humor elsewhere.[/p][/quote]I see he has had several brushes with the law before. chavster
  • Score: -8

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