A MAN has been jailed for five years after police uncovered a taser disguised as a mobile telephone at his home.
Police were called to Malcolm Hancock’s home in Osborne Avenue, South Shields, on September 29, after they received reports of a smell of cannabis coming from the house.
Officers found a small cannabis farm and an envelope containing 1.38g of cocaine, as well as the taser, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Hancock, 28, pleaded guilty to possession of the weapon, possession of a controlled drug and production of a controlled drug.
Vic Laffey, defending, said: “This situation couldn’t be more disastrous. He has been in trouble before, but he has been out of trouble for about five years.
“His baby was born two months ago.”