A MAN in Orange Local Court yesterday learnt the old adage of ‘buyer beware’ the hard way.
Simon Anthony Osborne pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a prohibited weapon but the problem for Osborne was he had purchased the item without realising it was illegal, his solicitor said.
Solicitor Phillip Boncardo said in Orange Local Court Osborne had gone to China and bought what he thought was something “akin to an electric razor.”
But what he had actually bought was a taser.
“In china there is a smorgasbord of gadgets available for very little money,” Mr Boncardo said.
According to police facts, the item did look like a razor but with two clear prongs on either side.
When police activated the gadget with a switch on the side, they could hear and see electricity arcing from one prong to the other. It was about one centimetre in length.
The offender’s defence was based upon the fact that customs had not confiscated the weapon as Osborne re-entered the country.
Osborne assumed it must have been legal if no-one had stopped him with the object.
But Mr Lucas dismissed the defence and said customs may not have know the taser was in the man’s luggage and just because something is legal somewhere else does not mean it is legal in NSW.
Police pulled Osborne’s car over after a female driver had driven it to a known drug dealers’ house. Police allege she was also exceeding the speed limit.
Once they had pulled the woman over, Police said she appeared nervous so they searched the vehicle where they found the taser on the back seat.
Mr Osborne later made full admission to police that the item belonged to him and the female driver did not know it was in the vehicle.
Mr Boncardo said his client was shocked when police informed him the item they had found in his car was a weapon and he co-operated fully with police and was apologetic.
He was fined $300 and the taser was confiscated.