Man denies 'stun gun' charge

A man has appeared in court charged with possessing a disposable camera which the police claim he had adapted for use as a stun gun.

Kieron McCool, 41, from Labernum Terrace in the Bogside, is alleged to have committed the offence at his home on Friday night.

Londonderry Magistrates court heard that when charged, Mr McCool said: "I did not know I was breaking any laws."

He was released on bail and is due to appear in court again in September.

Mr McCool was arrested near his home and during a search of the property police found a disposable camera - which was claimed forensic tests showed could be used as a weapon.

Mr McCool told police he had a background in physics and was able to make a current of power in the camera by cutting and joining wires and then attaching them to screws.

He said he had researched the process on the internet and had made a similar device before.

The court heard that when charged Mr McCool said he did not know he was breaking any laws and that the item was designed for self defence in his own home.

The court also heard that Mr McCool had been subjected to a number of attacks in the past - one of which had been life threatening.

Mr McCool was released on bail and is due to appear in court again in September.

As part of his bail conditions, he must wear a tag and not leave Northern Ireland.

He was also banned from using internet sites which contain information on weapons or explosives or how to adapt items for illegal use.