A MAN caught with a disguised stun gun on top of his fridge during a police drugs raid was today jailed for five years.

John McVeigh, 43, from Kilbirnie, was at home in Auchenhowe Crescent on April 19, 2019 when police arrived and the weapon was found inside a brown box.

At the High Court in Glasgow McVeigh admitted having a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone which is a contravention of the firearms act.

Prosecutor Blair Speed said: “During a search of the kitchen, officers observed a brown box on top of the fridge, inside they saw what they initially believed to be a mobile phone.

“However, on closed inspection they thought it could be a taser and stopped the search to obtain a firearms warrant.”

The court heard that the stun gun removed from McVeigh's home had the appearance of a mobile phone and had two functions a stun gun and a torch.

The item was tested at a laboratory and the stun gun functions were working and there was an audible and visible display of sparks between the electrodes.

McVeigh's not guilty pleas to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possessing cannabis resin were accepted by the Crown.

Defence counsel Victoria Dow said: “He has a long-standing drug problem and suffers from epilepsy.

“He was given the stun gun by a friend and put it on top of the fridge. He did not appreciate the serious position he was in by having this item in his possession.”

Judge Lord Matthews told McVeigh: “The minimum sentence for this offence is five years.”