Five years jail for Tooting man Chris Broome who disguised stun gun as mobile phone
3:25pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
A Tooting man has been jailed for five years after he was caught with a gun and a knife at a Tube station.
Christopher Broome, 36, from Welham Road, was spotted, with another man, acting suspiciously by a police officer at Old Street station on October 16 last year.
Both men were stopped and searched and, although nothing was found on the first man, the officer found Broome in possession of a 3.5in lock knife and a stun gun "disguised" as a mobile phone.
He pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon and a bladed article at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, March 8.
Broome was jailed for five years for the stun gun and was handed a nine-month prison sentence to run concurrent for the lock knife.
Speaking after the sentencing, Inspector Brian Drayson, from the British Transport Police (BTP), said: "The detection of the stun gun weapon was a particularly good spot and may have been easily missed due to its realistic appearance as a mobile phone.
"I hope Broome’s sentence sends a clear message that BTP takes incidents like this very seriously and anyone caught carrying a weapon on the railway network will be arrested and prosecuted."