STUN GUN SMUGGLER FACES 5 YEARS IN JAIL; IDIOT HE BOUGHT WEAPONS FOR HIS PALS.
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A STUPID tourist who took stun guns home from Bulgaria as gifts for "the boys" will find out today if he'll be jailed for five years.
Niall Dinsmore, 28, knew he shouldn't have been smuggling the weapons but was shocked when airport security staff said they were classed as firearms.
The father of one turned up with a suitcase at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, ready to go to prison.
But judge Lord Boyd decided to take 24 hours to consider his punishment after his lawyer pleaded for mercy.
The minimum sentence for possessing firearms is five years unless a court decides there are "exceptional circumstances".
Electrician Dinsmore was caught at Edinburgh Airport on August 31 last year with five stun guns hidden in his luggage. He bought them in a Bulgarian supermarket for a tenner each, planning to give them to his mates.
An expert said a full blast from any of the guns would knock a victim off their feet and rob them of muscle control.
But Richard Souter, defending, said Dinsmore had believed he would get "a slap on the wrist" if caught.
He had also believed the cheap guns - made to look like torches - would give "a tingle or something" if used.
Mr Souter added: "He appeared shocked when told he had imported firearms. It was an impulsive action with thoughtlessness about the potential consequences."
The lawyer insisted there were exceptional circumstances. None of the friends and relations the guns were meant for were criminals, and Dinsmore posed a low risk of reoffending and was sorry, ashamed and embarrassed.
Dinsmore also admitted importing five steel truncheons he had planned to give to "the boys". Firearms charges against his girlfriend Kerri Luff were dropped last month.
Lord Boyd continued bail for Dinsmore, who now lives in Northern Ireland, and told him to return to court today.
NASTY SHOCK Airport security officers broke the news to Dinsmore that he had smuggled firearms
ANXIOUS WAIT For dad-of-one Dinsmore