Barrow man had ‘CS gas canister to’ protect himself from attack
Last updated at 16:07, Friday, 16 August 2013
A MAN claimed he had a canister of “CS gas” to protect himself after being beaten up on a tough Manchester estate.
Liam Raymond Ronald Smith, 21, said the pepper spray had been given to him by a friend but he had never used it.
The defendant appeared before Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday and admitted possessing a weapon the discharge of noxious gas without the authority of the secretary of state on July 5.
Mr Nigel Beeson, prosecuting, explained how police had recovered a rucksack in Abbots Wood, Barrow.
The barrister said: “There was documentation inside and a canister which had written on it ‘NATO CS gas’.
“Mr Smith was contacted and went to the police station voluntarily.
“He accepted it was his pepper spray. There was no suggestion he was going to use it but if you’re not supposed to have it, you’re not supposed to have it.”
Mrs Jane Tunn, defending, said: “Mr Smith was beaten up badly on the Wythenshawe estate in Manchester.
“This left him feeling scared and a friend gave him the spray for protection and he has kept it ever since.
“He had no idea he was committing offence under the Firearm’s Act.
“He was in the woods with friends and it was pitch black. Suddenly a torch was shone in his face and a male said ‘stay still’.
“In fright he started running and dropped his rucksack.
“At no point did the man identify himself as a police officer.”
Smith, of Westway, Barrow, was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community, and pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Magistrates also ordered that the canister be destroyed.
First published at 15:59, Friday, 16 August 2013
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the police can use it to protect them why cant we