Illegal immigrant in Exmouth had 55,000-volt stun gun

PUBLISHED: 15:26 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:42 05 November 2015

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An Albanian illegal immigrant living in Brixington has been jailed after being found with a 55,000-volt stun gun just days after arriving in Britain.

Exeter Crown Court heard how Shuaip Llapri, 27, had the weapon in a holdall at a house in Exmouth, where he was living with fellow countrymen. The stun gun was discovered by police searching the property in July.

Llapri faces immediate deportation after being jailed for possessing the weapon, which can deliver a shock powerful enough to disable a person temporarily.

Llapri, of Broadpark Road, Exmouth, admitted possession of a prohibited weapon and was jailed for six months by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court. He has been in custody since his arrest, which means he has effectively served his sentence. He will be arrested as an illegal immigrant on his release.

Mr Adrian Chaplin, prosecuting, said Llapri was arrested when a warrant was executed in connection with a different police investigation at the shared house where he was living.

Mr Chaplin said: “The defendant’s room was searched and a black stun gun was found at the bottom of a holdall in a wardrobe in his bedroom. It looked like a chunky television remote control, but was not disguised in any way.

“It was found to have the capacity to deliver a shock of 55,000 volts, which is said to be disabling and disorientating.”

Llapri told police he picked up the weapon in an Exmouth park because he mistook it for a lighter.

Mr Nigel Wraith, defending, said his client had only been in Britain for a few days before he was arrested and now faced the prospect of deportation as an illegal immigrant after spending the past three months in custody.

He said the case had been delayed because Llapri did not speak English and there had been problems in getting interpreters for his court hearings and his pre-sentence interview.

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