Man jailed over Taser and drugs find

MALCOLM HANCOCK ... had a Taser disguised as a mobile phone.

MALCOLM HANCOCK ... had a Taser disguised as a mobile phone.

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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.”