A 21-year-old man who was found with a stun gun, along with heroin and cocaine at a house in Winshill has escaped a prison sentence.
The drugs, along with cash and a Taser stun gun, were recovered during a police raid at an address where Nahom Berhe was a visitor.
At Stafford Crown Court on Thursday, January 18, Berhe was made the subject of an 18-month community order and must complete 150 hours unpaid work.
Berhe, from Birmingham, was also told to attend a rehabilitation programme and pay £150 court costs.
Judge Jonathan Gosling said that while there was a suspicion the 'cocktail of drugs' was to be moved on, he was sentencing Berhe on the basis that they were for the defendant's own use.
He said it was also clear that through curiosity Berhe only had brief contact with the Taser stun gun found at the house.
Berhe had denied possession of the cocaine and heroin with intent to supply but accepted possession of the Class A drugs and a quantity of cannabis.
He admitted a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon, namely the stun gun, and Judge Gosling recorded a not guilty verdict to a charge of being in possession of a firearm.
Jo Barker, prosecuting, said that police raided a house in High Bank Road in February last year and the defendant had jumped out of a rear window.
Officers gave chase and after a search he was found hiding on the roof of a nearby bungalow.
Inside the house officers recovered almost three grams of cocaine with a high purity level which suggested it was to be reduced in purity to be moved on.
Miss Barker said there were drugs on a table and wraps of cannabis, nine wraps of cocaine worth £180 and two wraps of heroin and £390 in cash.
She said: "A Taser, which looked like a torch, but had the words 'stun gun' printed on it, was found at the property. It was checked and was charged and was ready to use."
The defendant's DNA was later found on the Taser and his fingerprints were on the cannabis wraps.
After his arrest, Berhe said he had been visiting a friend who had left the premises shortly before the police arrived.
The court heard that Berhe had three previous convictions for possession of cannabis.
Simon Clarke, defending Berhe, said his client had been a user of heroin and cannabis and was trying to tackle his drug issues.
He said that Berhe had picked up the Taser, which did not belong to him, thinking it was a torch and had returned it to where he found it.