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Killer 500,000-volt stun guns like the one used to murder a British businesswoman can be illegally bought online

Killer 500,000-volt stun guns like the one used to murder a British businesswoman can be illegally bought online

AN unlawful 500,000-volt stun gun comparable to one used in the murder of a British businesswoman can be bought by way of the web and shipped to the UK with ease, a Solar investigation has revealed.

We bought the probably deadly gadget for round £60 from the similar German retailer that provided an electrical prod to the murderers of Lancashire mum-of-two Sadie Hartley.

 A Sun investigation found that illegal stun-guns can be easily purchased online

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A Solar investigation discovered that unlawful stun-guns can be simply bought online

Highlighting weak spots in Britain’s border safety, the gadget — ten occasions extra highly effective than the Tasers used beneath strict tips by specifically educated police — handed by means of UK Customs undetected.

A pepper spray — unlawful right here, too — additionally arrived with out difficulty.

After analyzing the stun gun, weapons skilled Eran Bauer, 64 — whose agency teaches cops to use Tasers — advised The Solar: “That is a vicious brute. That is ridiculously highly effective.

“It’s constructed to harm individuals.

 The 500,000-volt stun gun passed through Britain’s border security undetected

Ian Whittaker – The Solar

The 500,000-volt stun gun handed by way of Britain’s border safety undetected

“Used on those that have any type of susceptibility to matches or cardiac issues, it might simply kill.

“It’s an illegal weapon. How on Earth did it get through the mail?”

The Solar was additionally in a position to ship a second unlawful stun gun — billed as emitting 1.5million volts — from a totally different firm.

It additionally beat customs checks and was delivered to our reporter’s London handle.

 The potentially lethal device was bought for roughly £60 from the same German store that supplied an electric prod to the murderers of Sadie Hartley

The doubtless deadly gadget was bought for roughly £60 from the similar German retailer that provided an electrical prod to the murderers of Sadie Hartley

Stun guns have more and more turn out to be the weapon of selection for drug sellers and gang members who discover it arduous to get typical firearms into the nation.

They’ve been used in armed robberies, aggravated burglaries and to settle feuds between crime gangs.

The agency Safety-Low cost Germany (SDG) was completely happy to provide a stun gun to a Solar reporter posing as a member of the public online.

The identical agency bought a comparable gadget to two British ladies who have been later convicted of the 2016 murder of Sadie Hartley.

 Weapons expert Eran Bauer said the weapons can easily kill people who are susceptible to fits or cardiac problems

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Weapons skilled Eran Bauer stated the weapons can simply kill people who find themselves vulnerable to matches or cardiac issues

The stun gun was used to incapacitate the 60-year-old earlier than she was stabbed to demise.

Electrical shock units can be found on the agency’s web site in a number of designs, together with in the form of a pink lipstick holder and one other resembling a torch.

Different web sites promote stun guns in the form of iPhones.

The Solar selected a PTB Stun Gun Mini II, which sends a pulse between two electrodes inside a modern black plastic holder in the form of a crab’s claw.

 Stun guns are now a popular weapon for gangs members or drug dealers who find it difficult to get conventional firearms into the UK

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Stun guns at the moment are a common weapon for gangs members or drug sellers who discover it troublesome to get typical firearms into the UK

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It’s emblazoned with the phrases “Security Plus”.

It seems comparable in look to the weapon used on Sadie.

In damaged English, the website boasts of the Mini II: “The high voltage of 500,000 volts has an considerable stop power of the attacker.”

After making our selection, it was then a easy matter of paying by bank card — £61.99 for the gun plus £11.44 postage.

 The 500,000-volt PTB Stun Gun Mini II cost 373.43 in total and arrived after three days

Ian Whittaker – The Solar

The 500,000-volt PTB Stun Gun Mini II value 373.43 in complete and arrived after three days

The location first requested our reporter to provide a date of start which he ignored.

Then it despatched him a affirmation e-mail asking him to ship proof of ID which he additionally ignored.

Simply three days later the stun gun had handed by means of UK border controls and arrived at our reporter’s residence.

It got here in a brown cardboard field full of white foam items with the letters GB franked on its outdoors.

 The devices arrived without our reporter providing ID or a date of birth

Ian Whittaker – The Solar

The units arrived with out our reporter offering ID or a date of delivery

Inside, the field contained a full receipt in our reporter’s identify for the stun gun and the pepper spray.

Additionally included was a leaflet which warned not to contact a individual’s head with the electrical gadget and to maintain it away from youngsters.

Pioneering youth employee Ray Lewis, head of the Eastside Younger Leaders Academy in London, stated of The Solar web order: “It’s particularly worrying as felony gangs are nicely conscious of those loopholes.

“It reveals gaps in our system and a lack of give attention to prevention.”

 Pepper spray is also illegal in the UK but our reporter was also able to order it without issue

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Pepper spray can also be unlawful in the UK however our reporter was additionally in a position to order it with out problem

A Residence Workplace spokesman stated yesterday: “We are determined to prevent potentially deadly weapons such as these from reaching the UK’s streets.”

In 2016 the Residence Workplace revealed the variety of stun weapons seized at UK borders has soared by 71 per cent in 4 years.

Border officers confiscated 729 of the weapons in 2015/16 — up from 425 in 2013/14.

These present in possession of a stun gun face a most sentence of ten years in jail. The utmost sentence for importing the weapons is life.

 Anyone found in possession of a stun gun could face a maximum of ten years in prison

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Anybody present in possession of a stun gun might face a most of ten years in jail

In April this yr Hartlepool labourer James Flounders, 27, was jailed for 16 months for making an attempt to purchase a stun gun online.

The package deal was intercepted by the Border Pressure. However the proprietor of the store that bought us our stun gun and spray is unapologetic.

Andreas Floethe, 45, advised The Solar that the Mini II stun gun we bought is authorized in Germany and insisted: “It cannot kill.”

He added: “When you order a stun gun you could have to examine the weapons regulation in your nation for your self.

 Andreas Floethe says it is legal for his shop sell the weapon and that 'it cannot kill'

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Andreas Floethe says it’s authorized for his store promote the weapon and that ‘it can’t kill’

“It’s not potential for us to examine each individual in each nation.

“It’s too difficult. The German weapons regulation is difficult sufficient.

“For us it’s authorized to promote. If a individual buys in the UK they usually don’t have the proper papers then it’s his drawback.

“If we don’t sell to you another company will.”

 He says that if they don't sell the illegal weapons 'another company will'

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He says that if they do not promote the unlawful weapons ‘one other firm will’

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Requested about stun guns probably claiming the life of somebody with a coronary heart drawback, Mr Floethe stated: “‘I don’t assume so.

“The effect of the stun gun is similar to an electric fence used to keep in animals.”

He added that he doesn’t promote to beneath 18s, claiming: “If you ordered by credit card, then that is your proof of age.”

On the topic of the pepper spray, Mr Floethe exclaimed: “It is also illegal in the UK? Oh God, what is legal in the UK?”

 Our reporter purchased a second stun gun from AFG Security-Corporation based in Slovakia, which boasted about what the weapon can do to people

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Our reporter bought a second stun gun from AFG Safety-Company based mostly in Slovakia, which boasted about what the weapon can do to individuals

The second stun gun we bought, the 1.5million-volt Uzi Sg 1500 gadget, was despatched from a firm based mostly in Slovakia referred to as AFG Safety-Company.

It value £65 with a additional £30.69 for publish and packaging.

Its gross sales pitch boasted: “A full blast of 5 or extra seconds can immobilize an attacker, inflicting disorientation, lack of stability and trigger them to fall to the floor.

“The attacker will stay weak and dazed for a number of minutes.”

 The Sun is handing the weapons to the police

Ian Whittaker – The Solar

The Solar is handing the weapons to the police

It provides that the gadget “ensures no permanent damage”.

The corporate was unavailable for remark, however its phrases and circumstances state that “the buyer is obliged to comply with the relevant laws of the country in which the goods are to be shipped”.

The Solar is handing the stun guns and pepper spray we bought to the police.

Used as a murder weapon

OBSESSED Sarah Williams travelled all the means to Germany to purchase the stun gun that helped her kill her love rival.

The 35-year-old ski teacher used the gadget to paralyse Sadie Hartley, 60, earlier than stabbing her to dying with “demonic savagery” as she lay at her entrance door.

 Mother-of-two Sadie Hartley was stabbed to death after she was incapacitated by a stun gun

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Mom-of-two Sadie Hartley was stabbed to dying after she was incapacitated by a stun gun

A month earlier Williams and confederate Katrina Walsh, 56, had gone to the SDG safety retailer in Darmstadt close to Frankfurt, the place they bought the 500,000-volt weapon.

Giving proof at the killers’ trial, SDG store assistant Anna Schanz stated she had warned Williams that the gadget might kill if fired at the head or neck.

Schanz, who not works for the agency, stated: “I explained specifically it can only be used on the shoulders, tummy and hips.”

Weeks later, in January 2016, Sadie answered her entrance door in Helmshore, Lancs, to Williams – who pressed the 500,000-volt stun gun to the firm director’s cheek.

Sadie Hartley was brutally murdered by love rival Sarah Williams

Courtroom reviews say mum-of-two Sadie was left “incapacitated” by the electrical shock earlier than Williams stabbed her in the face and neck greater than 40 occasions.

Williams had cooked up the plan in a bid to get again together with her ex-partner, who had began a new relationship with Sadie.

She and confederate Walsh, each of Chester, have been discovered responsible of murder and jailed for all times.

Stun guns have been additionally concerned in the murder of 16-year-old Becky Watts in 2015.

 Sarah Williams travelled to Germany to purchase the stun gun and plotted to kill Hartley in an attempt to get back with her ex-partner

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Sarah Williams travelled to Germany to buy the stun gun and plotted to kill Hartley in an try to get again together with her ex-partner

Her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21, took a “kidnap kit”, which included stun guns disguised as torches to the teen’s Bristol residence earlier than killing her.

In courtroom the jury heard how Matthews bought two stun guns on the web for £18.

 Katrina Walsh was an accomplice to the crime and was also jailed for life

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Katrina Walsh was an confederate to the crime and was additionally jailed for all times

The hazard of the units was additionally made clear in 2013 as manufacturing unit employee Jordan Begley, 23, died from a cardiac arrest two hours after being Tasered and restrained by cops in Gorton, Manchester.

In April this yr John Garrett, 49, was jailed for 5 years for brandishing a stun gun at a group of teenage women at Clacton railway station in Essex.

And in October, Lithuanian brothers Donatas Armalys, 27, and Giedrius Armalys, 23, have been every jailed for five-years after admitting smuggling 22 stun guns into Britain.

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