Burnley man who converted camera into stun gun in court again

editorial image

A MAN who was given a community penalty for converting a disposable camera into a stun gun has kept his freedom – despite flouting the order.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Darren Laycock (26) was unwilling to comply with court orders and a judge told him he deserved to be locked up.

The hearing was told how Laycock claimed he turned the camera into a taser, like one he had seen on the internet, for a laugh and had not had any malicious intent. But a police officer who saw it described it as a danger to life.

The defendant, formerly of Brougham Street, Burnley, had earlier been given a 12-month supervision order with 80 hours of unpaid work, after admitting possessing a disguised firearm.

Laycock, who has a record going back to 2002, admitted failing to comply with the community order. Judge Robert Altham told him: “I am extremely concerned by your case because you give all the appearances of somebody who is determined not to abide by any court orders.” The defendant was given four months in custody, suspended for 18 months, with a five-month curfew between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.