James Brain pleaded guilty to possession of a stun gun (Image: Paisley Daily Express)

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A yob who set off an electric stun gun in the street when it fell out of his pocket has been warned he could face jail.

James Brain, 43, was rumbled when he dropped the ‘Taser-like device” right in front of a member of the public, who reported him to the police.

When Brain, from Johnstone, near Glasgow, bent down to pick up the weapon, he accidentally set it off, causing it to shoot out blue sparks, the Daily Record reported.

A court heard from procurator Kara Watt that Brain had been spotted walking around with other men on February 2 last year.

Electric stun guns are prohibited weapons across the UK
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She said: “A member of the public contacted police to report a group of males walking in Johnstone’s High Street where one of them appeared to have a Taser-like device in his possession.

“Police witnesses attended at the scene and observed two males matching the descriptions at Elderslie Street, Johnstone, where one of them was the accused Brain.

“Both were detained for the purposes of a firearms search.

“The accused continually fidgeted with his pocket. Then a small black device fell onto the ground.”

The weapon was described as being made of plastic, and measuring around 10cm by 4cm by 3cm, with two metal electrodes at the top.

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The court heard how it resembled an “oversized black USB flashdrive,” with a sliding button to activate it.

Ms Watt also confirmed that the weapon was a working stun gun and is classified as a prohibited weapon.

Appearing before Sherriff Tom McCartney, Brain pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon.

Defence agent Anthony Boland said that his client only owned the weapon so he could use it to 'wind up' his brother.

He said: “He bought it from one of these novelty websites and has had it for some time.

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“He only had the Taser as he and his brother used to wind each other up with it.

“At no point was it being used as a weapon. It simply fell out of his pocket.”

Sheriff McCartney adjourned the sentencing to call for a background report, but before sending Brain away he warned him of the potential punishment awaiting him.

He said: “Be under no illusion, it may well be that a prison sentence will have to be imposed for this serious offence.”