Convicted killer snared with haul of stun guns jailed

Colin Williamson was held at his flat in Glasgow's Pollokshaws after police received a tip-off.

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Stun gun: Colin Williamson was held at his flat in Glasgow's Pollokshaws after police received a tip-off.

A convicted killer caught with a haul of stun guns has been jailed for five years.

Colin Williamson was held at his flat in Glasgow’s Pollokshaws after police received a tip-off.

The 51-year-old was found with a number of the illegal devices disguised as torches or batons.

Williamson was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday.

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He had pled guilty last month to possessing the stun guns on February 18 and 19, 2020.

Mark Moir QC, defending, told judge Lady Stacey that Williamson’s poor health could be a factor in him receiving less than the mandatory five-year jail-term for such offences.

But, throwing out the bid, she said: “The question is whether your ill health amounts to exceptional circumstances. I have decided it does not.”

The previous hearing was told how Williamson – jailed for six years for culpable homicide in 1992 – had been spotted with a gold-coloured stun gun.

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This soon led to the raid at his home. Officers found the device was an extendable “stun baton” which also had a torch.

Prosecutor Leanne McQuillan said two more similar weapons were next seized.

The court heard a box was then discovered in Williamson’s room.

Ms McQuillan said: “On examination, it was found to contain six dismantled stun baton/torches.

“There were several components missing, so none of the items could be reassembled.”

Mr Moir said Williamson was aware he should not have purchased the devices.

The advocate added: “He suffers from a number of quite serious health issues.”

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Lady Stacey remarked during the hearing that Williamson “knew perfectly well what he had done” in having the items.

His 75-year-old mother, Catherine Williamson, had also previously faced the same accusation.

She had further been charged with culpably and recklessly discharging a crossbow in the flat, causing an arrow to go through the ceiling into the floor of the upstairs property.

However, her not guilty pleas were accepted by prosecutors.