An London man has been arrested for carrying a stun gun disguised as an iPhone.
A young man from Walthamstow was arrested over the weekend after he was discovered carrying a stun gun that was ingeniously disguised as an Apple iPhone.
Waltham Forest Police posted a notice to their Twitter feed regarding the arrest and shared some snapshots of the device, which looks almost identical to an iPhone 4 save for the prominent ‘volume buttons’ on the side which appear to be the trigger.
— Waltham Forest MPS (@MPSWForest) May 15, 2015
The device has two terminals on the bottom, next to the headphone port which, when pressed to the skin, could deliver a debilitating electric shock capable of inflicting significant pain and, in extreme circumstances, render a person unconscious.
Despite being legal in some European countries and the United States, stun guns are prohibited in the UK under Section 5 of the firearms act. While standard stun guns don’t carry a minimum sentence, devices which have been disguised as something else do, as they have clearly been developed to evade detection by the authorities.
Back in 2014, a 21-year old Oxford man who was found in possession of a stun gun disguised as an iPhone received 4 years in prison.
Nefarious users have also been attracted by phone cases which double up as stun guns. In the US Yellow Jacket sell a case for the iPhone for $65 (£41) which is capable of delivering a 650,000 volt belt to a target.