Man Prosecuted in Britain After Buying a Stun Gun to Fit on his Mountain Bike

Dec 12, 2018
by James Smurthwaite  

A Polish man living in Cheshire, England, has been prosecuted for buying a light with an in-built stun gun online to fit to his mountain bike. The man bought the gadget from a Chinese website unaware it was classed as an illegal weapon in the UK, the Chester Standard reports.

Konrad Dabrowski, 35, pleaded guilty to purchasing a disguised firearm during a hearing on December 7. The offence was introduced into UK law after a Bulgarian dissident was killed in London 40 years ago by an assassin wielding a firearm disguised as an umbrella. It would normally carry a minimum of five years in jail but the judge, Steven Everett, only sentence him to a 12-month suspended sentence due to exceptional circumstances.

Dabrowski ordered the £10 light as it was the same price as other mountain bikes but offered better value with the attached stung gun. The torches are often marketed as self defence items as the torch can blind an attacker and the electricity disable them. Police intercepted the package as it arrived in the country and were able to quickly locate Dabrowski thanks to his name and address on the package.

Dabrowski accepted that he knew the light discharged electricity but did not realise it was illegal. An examination of his phone revealed search terms such as "can I use a stun gun in self-defence?"

Prosecutor Mandy Nepal said: "He didn't intend to hurt anyone with it", while his defence lawyer, Chris Hunt agreed that his client had no such intent and was simply unaware he was breaking the law.

Judge Everett accepted Dabrowski's lack of intent and handed him a 12 month sentence suspended for a year, meaning Dabrowski is unlikely to face prison time unless he commits another offence. Everett added: "This is a valuable lesson learnt. If you come into this country you have to make sure you know what the laws are." Dabrowski plans to move back to Poland.


48 Comments

  • + 32
 Love that closing sentence! Funny as f*ck!
"Dabrowski stuck two fingers up at the UK. "First Brexit, now this. Stick your country up yer arse!," he quipped."
  • + 5
 And Farage says Polish guys cannot culturally integrate with our society.
  • + 31
 doesn't look like he put up much resistance to being charged- he must have ohmed up to it
  • + 1
 revolting pun
  • + 2
 @sideshowb: shocking
  • + 0
 Your Capacitor for puns is electrifying.
  • + 10
 When the Copper opened the package he asked "Watts all this then?"
  • + 3
 Pun comp going down to the wire today
  • + 3
 just as well he didn't get violent otherwise he would have been charged with battery
  • + 21
 Police were able to quickly find him thanks to his name and address on the package. Ahahaha, and who says there's no such thing as Detective work anymore. I'm surprised they even managed that. They don't give two shits when some ignorant a-hole tries to run me over in their 2 ton Range Rover andi have crystal clear video of them doing it, because I might have 'doctored the video'. Effing Police.
  • + 12
 "Police intercepted the package as it arrived in the country and were able to quickly locate Dabrowski thanks to his name and address on the package".


This is a Monty Python sketch right....?
  • + 12
 Bet he was buzzing that he didn't go to jail. The tension in the courtroom must've been electrifying. I'm stunned he wants to leave the UK though
  • + 3
 I was shocked when I first read the story. It hasn't generated much interest in the UK though. At least he knows watt he can and cannot take riding now.
  • + 13
 Bike light with stun gun attached? Last minute entry for Component of the Year!
  • + 3
 OneUp Components looks on with great interest... Giving the EDC a new meaning.
  • + 8
 I hate to be "that guy" but you might want to re-proof-read this sentence:
"Dabrowski ordered the £10 light as it was the same price as other mountain bikes but offered better value with the attached stung gun."

Sorry...
  • + 2
 'Better value', because you get a stun gun thrown into the bargain...

Edit, yeah I read what they meant..... :/
  • + 4
 Not that i agree with the buying of the stun gun and all these shocking puns aside.

Maybe if the Police did more to help us out with all the bike thefts going on rather than just giving a crime number and not doing jack sh*t about it. People wouldn't be so inclined to protect their hard earned property. Yet soon as you do something about it, you end up in as much, if not more trouble than the scumbag robbing your bike/car/house etc. FTS
  • + 1
 The majority of bike thefts in this country the rider was no where near the bike... A stun gun would make no difference what so ever.
  • + 2
 Probably bought with the intention to only use in self defence in case some little scumbag tried to steal his bike from him. Maybe or maybe not..... Scooter gangs in parts of UK are taking over knowing the police are usually unable to catch the wee scummers in a police chase. Bike theft in parts of London have been incredibly more frequent in last few years and things only seem to be getting worse. Not saying everyone should go out and by weapons to defend themselves from these types of crimes but people will only stand for so much, I believe bike theft isn't really seen by the police as a major crime. A car stolen with half the value of many mountain bikes these days would definitely get more police attention somehow. They should probably be concentrating on knife sales to youths in the UK rather than Chinese stun gun light thingys!
  • + 1
 Holy shit this is dumb. I have one of these. And I rode with it a couple of times. I used it to scare of stray dogs, we have a problem with them in Ukraine. But not all dogs fear it, especially if there's like 7 of them, so I take pepper spray with me on rides now. I kind of get this guy, we're neighbors after all Smile
  • + 4
 this is like one of those click bait stories at the bottom of other web pages.................
  • + 4
 Specialized are releasing an Estunjumper
  • + 2
 If he was in the USA, he would be in jail for not having the real gun, or 2.
  • + 2
 Yeah, he just should have got a big knife. It's legal, obviously less lethal and also getting hugely popular in the UK.
  • + 3
 #iluvriding
It wouldn't be legal, just moronic.
  • + 1
 @Dropthedebt: Knives are not illegal, what are you on about. ...you can buy them online from John Lewis.
  • + 3
 @dannyboybiker: It is legal to buy one. It is not legal to carry one in a public place without a good reason to have it. Self defence is not a good reason.
  • + 1
 @Patrick9-32: "We're just doing an historical reenactment guvnor."
  • + 2
 @dannyboybiker: Riding a modern day dike in modern day clobber or are you still going out dressed like a Knight of the Round Table?
  • + 1
 @Medacus: Knives and chain mail, the only way to stay safe on the trails these days.
...and less than the price of Troy Lee kit.

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  • + 2
 @dannyboybiker: Chainmail will leave you vulnerable to Tazer attack though, these things must be considered. Maybe a layer of insulation underneath?
  • + 1
 @Patrick9-32: Traditionalist as I am I hate to say this, but it's time to go to a modern carbon fibre chain mail.
  • + 1
 You can use these as a fast charger for your E-bike during enduro races! LOL
  • + 2
 *Drinks beer*

Link to this light? ...i think i need one....for science!
  • + 0
 The mad lad was dishing out the watts in a way that would rival Froome. Rumour has it he was playing Danger! High Voltage on a bluetooth speaker.
  • + 2
 Truely a British story/comments, puns everywhere.
  • + 1
 Was going to buy a paint ball gun for riding at night too mark cars that do not dip their lights, but this would be better?
  • + 1
 His Google search means he obviously got the answer but went ahead anyway
  • + 2
 What a LAD!
  • + 2
 Shocking!!
  • + 0
 Felt sorry for the guy. Guess he didnt bother to read the answer of his google search.
  • + 1
 Stunning story
  • - 1
 Only Polish people
  • - 3
 Silly UK laws...disarm the law abiding citizens so criminals have an easier time of it.
  • + 1
 I notice you've been down voted.. and probably because ppl assume you mean for firearms.. and I agree that lethal weapons should be illegal.. but stun guns/tazers id like to be available for self defense as they are not lethal
  • + 1
 @nordland071285: Of course it is impossible for a mugger to use a tazer to incapacitate someone to rob them, possibly causing a heart attack of the old lady who would otherwise just have been threatened. Just gotta makes sure you only sell the weapons to the good guys, maybe some kind of "I'm not a baddie" check box to weed them out?

You can't arm the good people without arming the bad. That's why most police officers don't carry guns. Its also why we have 1.2 murders per 100,000 people and the USA has 5.35.

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