University security guard convicted of possession of stun gun

DANGEROUS: A device marketed on the internet as a torch/stun gun

A 55-YEAR old security guard at Aberystwyth University was convicted of possession of an offensive weapon after police found a stun gun in his bag when they stopped his van in April.

Victor Wyn Jones, who was on duty as a University security guard at the time, was found guilty of being in possession of the device, which operated as a torch and stun gun. He claimed that he collected torches and had purchased the device in Thailand, where his wife lives, and that he did not realise the device also operated as a stun gun until this was pointed out to him by a friend.

Jones was given a conditional discharge, which means although found guilty he will recieve no punishment providing he does not re-offend for a fixed period of time, and must pay £85 in costs towards the prosecution.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the University said: “The University does not comment on matters related to former members of staff. The University is very confident of the professionalism and dedication of its security team. However, it is reminding all security staff of relevant legislation and best practice.”

Jones was dismissed by the University following the incident, and could also lose his job as a support worker at Mencap.