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British man jailed for bringing stun gun into UK

Anthony Mason has been sentenced to 5 years after being caught with the stun gun at Newcastle Airport.Northumbria Police Department

Anthony Mason has been sentenced to 5 years after being caught with the stun gun at Newcastle Airport.

A British man has been jailed for bringing a stun gun disguised as an iPhone back from holiday.

Anthony Mason bought the illegal weapon in Bulgaria as a gift for a friend, unaware that it is classed as an illegal weapon in the UK.

The 30-year-old was caught with the gun at Newcastle Airport and was stunned to be handed a five year sentence, reported Mirror Online.

Mason, whose partner is pregnant, bought the gun as a present for a relative and later said buying it was the “biggest mistake of his life.”

He was stopped at the airport on July 29 last year after getting off his flight from Bulgaria, and an x-ray machine detected suspicious items in his luggage.

Mason immediately confessed to authorities to having what he described as a ‘taser’ and a ‘cosh’.

The stun gun was disguised as an iPhone, similar to this one.Gosnells Police via Twitter

The stun gun was disguised as an iPhone, similar to this one.

He was arrested and told police that both were intended as gifts for relatives.

Mason admitted possessing a disguised firearm and having an offensive weapon.

Sentencing Mason at Newcastle Crown Court , Mr Recorder Kelly said it was harsh but the legislation was meant to be a deterrent.

Last week, British authorities warned holidaymakers not to bring tasers back to the UK because they are illegal.

lhanna@nydailynews.com

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