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Burglar jailed for having stun gun disguised as mobile phone


A burglar who was found with a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone when he was arrested in Birmingham has been jailed.

Police found the illegal firearm in the foot well of Marvin Forbes’ VW Golf when they stopped him on Queens Road, Aston in March.

The 25-year-old had used the car as part of a burglary in Solihull the previous day, during which he acted as the getaway driver.

Traffic officers pulled him over after one of them recognised the vehicle, which had been placed on police systems following the break-in.

They seized the Golf and found what they thought was a mobile phone as part of a routine search of the vehicle following his arrest.

But on closer inspection they soon realised it was actually a stun gun - which Forbes, of Streetly Road, Erdington, admitting buying for £20 off the internet.

When tested by police, it was found to be capable of shooting electric pulses and video of the device in action was used as part of the prosecution case in court.

But despite admitting owning the stun gun - which is illegal under firearms legislation and carries a mandatory prison sentence - he denied having any involvement in the burglary.

Forbes initially claimed he was simply paid £20 to take two men to an address in Solihull but later changed his story after damning CCTV footage showed him driving past the house several times and knocking on the victim’s door.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how he acted as a lookout whilst two accomplices kicked open the front door of the house on Bryanston Road, stealing a safe containing a small amount of cash.

Forbes received a 12 month sentence at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday 19 August for possession of the stun gun and a further eight months to run concurrently for the burglary.

DC Mark Delaney, from Solihull investigation team, said: "The footage shows what the stun gun was capable of doing and it would have seriously hurt someone if used.

"It still remains unclear what purpose Forbes had for the device but he was clearly up to no good and he knew it was against the law to carry one.

"New legislation means people who are found carrying illegal firearms face an automatic prison sentence - there’s absolutely no excuse.

"This is a good result - which has seen a potentially deadly weapon taken off the streets and a dangerous burglar put behind bars."