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Scots domestic tenderness

Kenneth Donald, 37, from Stirling, believed that his partner of seven years, Stephanie Paton, was taking too long of a Sunday lie-in after they spent the previous night drinking together.

Donald was “insisting” that Ms Paton get up, when she replied: “Five minutes, I’m rough.” He then warned her: “Get up or I’ll taser ye.”

After Ms Paton, also 37, began to fall asleep again, Donald followed through on the threat, Stirling sheriff court heard.

Trainspotting was a documentary, d’ye see?

10 thoughts on “Scots domestic tenderness”

  1. One can only quote Chamberlain:
    “quarrel in a far away country, between people of whom we know nothing”

  2. Who amongst us hasn’t played a prank on their partner that went a bit too far?
    Indeed. Who hasn’t? I had one of these things at one time. Bought it off a rather dodgy geezer/also used car dealer up north of Kilburn somewhere. It was really just a variation on the “shock machines” at one time used to be advertised in children’s comics. Although it looked pretty menacing. A few people did get goosed with it until I in turn flogged it to a bigger mug, down the pub, for about twice what I paid.
    It’s those words “bought of the internet” that makes me suspicious. There is one helluva difference between a toy puts out 50k volts at virtually zero amps & a real police/military stun device. ( I could probably build one of the latter from electronics I have hanging round the house. It’s having the capacitors will hold the current will give a decent belt. Anyone with a bit of electronics nouse could do this) There’s little incentive for “sellers on the internet” to do this. What you sell is the fantasy in the advert, because none of your unhappy buyers are going to be going to Tradings Standards are they? The toy ones are easily available from China & if you can’t source those, you can easily source the components from the same place. Just assemble in a suitably dramatic encapsulation. (Anyone sensible, of course, would build them into something apparently innocuous, but you’re not going to find sensible here are you?) Being on the receiving end of a toy is distinctly unpleasant, but hardly incapacitating.
    However, UK law has classified these things as firearms under the weapons regs. That would probably catch those children’s toys of the 60s. So I’d guess our intrepid Jock has been done for possession & discharge of a firearm which attracts a statutory minimum sentence. Two years. (Less time in custody?)
    Of course we all have police grade ‘Tasers’ around our houses, don’t we? Unless you don’t own a microwave.

  3. Incidentally, on that statutory penalty thing. A word of warning. I believe that covers ammunition as well as firearms.
    My late father was one of those who’d kept his “war trophy” after demob in 46. In his case a 7.65 Italian auto no doubt acquired in the middle-east. Saw out its years at a back of a drawer somewhere. Unfortunately, in his dotage, he decided to give pride of place on a shelf over the fireplace. No doubt to give credence to his fictional tales of military derring-do. It was hardly a threat to anyone but himself, because the only ammunition he possessed was a handful of .32 rimmed. If he’s have managed to get one through the action, it’d been more likely to blow his hand off. When I spotted it got very rapidly & irretrievably disappeared. A source of some considerable familial friction. I don’t think he got the two statutory as applying to old fools in their 80s.
    That’s not the only time I’ve come upon things like this. Other bits & pieces have turned up in nooks & crannies of houses we’ve worked on. Always be careful of what you might have inherited. The police & courts can take a very literal interpretation of possession. It now looks like they’ve made possession of certain gardening tools a criminal offence.

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